Why the appeal to intuitions shouldn’t lead us to accept speciesism – or other questionable moral views

13 Mar 2017
Moral intuitions and biases

Many people today take for granted that it’s right to exploit animals as we please, and that we shouldn’t care about them. Many often just take for granted the attitudes towards nonhuman animals that are prevalent today. A reason that is sometimes mentioned to support this is that such a view is just intuitive to us. The underlying assumption is the idea that it’s correct to follow our gut reactions towards moral issues.

There are, however, strong reasons to reject that this is so. Our intuitions are often unreliable and even in contradiction with each other and should be critically appraised. An attitude may be initially intuitive, and we may discover, once we reflect about it, that it can’t be really tenable.

This new article by Animal Ethics examines this issue. It assesses the reasons why speciesism can’t be considered right by means of an appeal to our moral intuitions.  You can read it here:

Moral intuitions and biases

The paper explores in detail the question of whether our intuitions are reliable. We hope you find it useful!