Why Are Ethicists Usually Late To The Party?

Philosopher A tells me: “They tend to pick up social science stuff much later, and deploy it in their own feuds. They prefer reasoning by intuition. But when someone forces them out of it they respond. Moral psychology is a big thing now, but in the past it was just something that someone like Rawls had but didn’t defend.”

Philosopher B tells me: “Philosophy–particularly ethics–attracts people who, even if they’re intelligent, prefer to reason by intuition. They’re not good at critically analyzing empirical work. They usually just accept whatever studies jibe with their intuitions.”

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