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I Also Don’t See

what’s so great about this post, to which Postrel links. Our moral intuitions are not unfailing guides to moral truth? No kidding. You don’t need to know the latest in biology to know that. The idea that moral intuitions are unfailing guides to moral truth may be Leon Kass’s view–although it’s possible to read his phrase “the wisdom of repugnance” differently–but it’s absurd to say it’s “the philosophy of the council.” It’s not Robby George’s philosophy, for example. It does, however, seem to be the philosophy that underlies councilmember James Q. Wilson’s support for research cloning. And Postrel has endorsed Wilson’s reasoning on exactly this score.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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