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Moral epistemology defines our actions as human beings What we choose to do when presented with a problem or a moral dilemma If we consistently choose to think of these questions in one particular way then we have a solid moral epistemology A system that we know we can rely on when faced with a moral problem A moral epistemology is how one defines what they believe to be right or good This system has been articulated by many of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century and each of their systems differs greatly Although one can believe in a system whole heartedly for ones self it is wrong to impose such a theory on others We will examine the moral epistemologies of four philosophers GE Moore WD Ross RM Hare and John Rawls When one looks at these philosophers you can almost hear them answering each others moral epistemologies with objections and concerns GE Moore begins with a form of ideal utilitarianism Ross follows that with his version of intuitionism Hare follows Ross with universal prescriptivism and finally John Rawls follows Hare with his theory of justice Although these are all very viable options for a moral epistemology one must choose which fits ones life better It is impossible to be absolutely sure if any of the parts of these philosophers moral epistemologies is correct In this examination of moral epistemology we will look at each philosophers system and then discuss which system works best Although these four philosophers have developed excellent moral epistemologies they are all simply suggestions that have been challenged and defended hundreds of times and this constant discussion proves that the best moral epistemology is the one that fits ones life the best GE Moore believes that in order to find our right decisions in life one must use ones intuition to find the good in the world and then make the decisions which produce the greatest amount of good
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