Behavioral and Brain Sciences

open peer commentary

intuitions, heuristics, and utilitarianism

peter singer a1
a1 university center for human values, princeton university, princeton, nj 08544 and centre for applied philosophy and public ethics, university of melbourne, victoria 3010, australia


a common objection to utilitarianism is that it clashes with our common moral intuitions. understanding the role that heuristics play in moral judgments undermines this objection. it also indicates why we should not use john rawls' model of reflective equilibrium as the basis for testing normative moral theories.