<ethics, moral philosophy> a putatively innate human faculty for distinguishing right from wrong. In the moral intuitionism of Shaftesbury and Hutcheson, the moral sense motivates proper conduct by enabling us to perceive the distinctive pleasure of moral rectitude. Recommended Reading: Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Prometheus, 2000); Francis Hutcheson, Philosophical Writings, ed. by R.S. Downie (Everyman, 1994); and James Q. Wilson, The Moral Sense (Simon & Schuster, 1997).
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