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Study on the Level of Inquiry in Theory of Perception and Ethics - Based on the Critical Examination of the Point of View of Bernard Williams

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2008, (41), pp.191-216
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities

Hong, Kyung-Nam 1

1성균관대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Knowledge of perceptions, claims Bernard Williams, is a quasi-objective knowledge capable of approximating but not reaching the objectivity of natural sciences through reflection, whereas knowledge of ethics is a non-objective knowledge escaping the reflection for verification. However, it may be argued against such a claim that the ethical knowledge as well as the perceptual knowledge should bear an indicator of objectivity equal to that of the scientific knowledge in its fullest sense. On the proper level of inquiry in which perceptions and evaluations are made, we reasonably present objective standards for judging those in hand to be true or false, or right or wrong.

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