Ethical intuitionism (also known as intuitionalism or moral intuitionism) is the doctrine that ethical beliefs are justified noninferentially through intuition. As such, intuition is considered a fundamental moral basis.

Intuition is both a philosophical and a psychological construct signifying knowledge or perceiving something without deductive or inductive reasoning. The knowledge or perception results from an amalgamation of cognition, affect, common sense, and ethical sense, all used to formulate moral rules for ethical decision making.

Moral intuition is characterized by some moral philosophers as a kind of apprehension of moral truth akin to mathematical knowledge, in which certain self-evident axioms are understood by mathematical intuition. For instance, one is justified in believing the proposition that parallel lines never meet by reflecting on and adequately understanding the proposition’s content. ...

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