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3) What do you understand by Ethical intuitionism. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic– Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics

3) What do you understand by Ethical intuitionism. Discuss.(250 words)

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Directive word

Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to write in detail about the meaning of ethical intuitionism and write at length about the topic- it’s propositions, ideas, proponents, criticism etc.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– Write a few introductory lines about the Ethical Intuitionism. E.g The idea was popularised by American philosopher Michael Huemer in his 2005 book Ethical Intuitionism.


Discuss in points about the Ethical Intuitionism. E.g

  • Also known as moral intuitionism, this refers to the philosophical belief that there are objective moral truths in life and that human beings can understand these truths intuitively.
  • These are fundamental truths that can’t be broken down into parts or defined by reference to anything except other moral truths.
  • Human beings can discover these truths by using their minds in a particular, intuitive way.
  • What is right or wrong is considered by ethical intuitionists to be self-evident in nature and cannot be known through human experience.
  • Intuitionism does not mean that all moral decisions are reached by relying on intuition.
  • Intuition enables the discovery of the basic moral truths, and everyday moral decision-making then involves thinking about the choices available and making moral judgements in an ordinary sort of way.
  • Critics of ethical intuitionism argue that people may come to different moral conclusions even after consulting their inner intuition.
  • Others question whether people can arrive at moral conclusions at all using their intuition.

Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.