Moral Intuitions and Heuristics

Authored by: Piotr M. Patrzyk

The Routledge Handbook of Moral Epistemology

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138816121
eBook ISBN: 9781315719696
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315719696-9

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Abstract

How do humans make moral decisions and judgments? What information do they seek and how do they combine it? I this chapter I review common approaches to moral psychology and argue that they do not answer these questions. I call for an approach to studying moral cognition that is rooted in the fast-and-frugal heuristics framework. This framework postulates the need for precisely specifying psychologically plausible decision mechanisms and experimentally testing whether humans use them. I discuss whether and how research principles of this program are applicable to moral psychology.

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