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The Emerging Moral Psychology, Prospect Magazine

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Science pushes into the why!

by Dan Jones


Experimental results are beginning to shed light on the psychological foundations of our moral beliefs
Dan Jones is a freelance science writer based in Brighton


Long thought to be a topic of enquiry within the humanities, the nature of human morality is increasingly being scrutinised by the natural sciences. This shift is now beginning to provide impressive intellectual returns on investment. Philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, economists, primatologists and anthropologists, all borrowing liberally from each others’ insights, are putting together a novel picture of morality—a trend that University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt has described as the “new synthesis in moral psychology.” The picture emerging shows the moral sense to be the product of biologically evolved and culturally sensitive brain systems that together make up the human “moral faculty.”

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/04 at 08:42

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