At the Heart of Morality Lies Folk Psychology

Inquiry 52 (5):449-466 (2009)
Abstract
Moral judgments about an agent’s behavior are enmeshed with inferences about the agent’s mind. Folk psychology---the system that enables such inferences---therefore lies at the heart of moral judgment. We examine three related folk-psychological concepts that together shape people’s judgments of blame: intentionality, choice, and free will. We discuss people’s understanding and use of these concepts, address recent findings that challenge the autonomous role of these concepts in moral judgment, and conclude that choice is the fundamental concept of the three, defining the core of folk psychology in moral judgment
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