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Moral Writings

H. A. Prichard and Jim MacAdam


Develops Prichard's intuitionist position on moral philosophy. As a realist, he maintains that through direct perception in particular cases, we come to have knowledge of universals. To questions about moral obligation, he argues that no single principle explains why right acts are right, that is to say, why certain acts are obligatory. Prichard rejects any link between ‘the right’ and ‘the good’, maintaining that the rightness of action depends not upon what is good, nor upon our own good, nor upon what we believe is good, nor upon what we desire. In these essays, Prichard analyses the views ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, desire, good, intuitionism, Kant, obligation, perception, Plato, realism, right

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250196
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199250197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. A. Prichard, author
(1871-1947) White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University

Jim MacAdam, editor
Professor Emeritus, Trent University, Canada