Neuroethics 3 (2):135-150 (2010)
|Abstract||I argue that emotional sensitivity (or insensitivity) has a marked negative influence on ethical perception. Diminished capacities of ethical perception, in turn, mitigate what we are morally responsible for while lack of such capacities may altogether eradicate responsibility. Impairment in ethical perception affects responsibility by affecting either recognition of or reactivity to moral reasons. It follows that emotional insensitivity (together with its attendant impairment in ethical perception) bears saliently on moral responsibility. Since one distinguishing mark of the psychopath is emotional insensitivity, emotional insensitivity and the resulting impairment in moral perception either excuses the psychopath from moral culpability or moderates the degree to which he is culpable.|
|Keywords||Emotional depravity Ethical perception Moral culpability Psychopathy Salient alternatives|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Andrew J. Turner (2010). Are Disorders Sufficient for Reduced Responsibility? Neuroethics 3 (2):151-160.
Carl Elliott & Grant Gillett (1992). Moral Insanity and Practical Reason. Philosophical Psychology 5 (1):53 – 67.
Andrew Cullison (2010). Moral Perception. European Journal of Philosophy 18 (2):159-175.
David J. Casarett (1999). Moral Perception and the Pursuit of Medical Philosophy. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 20 (2):125-139.
Justin P. McBrayer (2010). A Limited Defense of Moral Perception. Philosophical Studies 149 (3):305–320.
Walter Glannon (2008). Moral Responsibility and the Psychopath. Neuroethics 1 (3):158-166.
Jacob Joseph, Kevin Berry & Satish P. Deshpande (2009). Impact of Emotional Intelligence and Other Factors on Perception of Ethical Behavior of Peers. Journal of Business Ethics 89 (4):539 - 546.
Jo Ann Ho (2010). Ethical Perception: Are Differences Between Ethnic Groups Situation Dependent? Business Ethics 19 (2):154-182.
Stephen Finlay (2011). The Selves and the Shoemaker: Psychopaths, Moral Judgement, and Responsibility. Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (s1):125–133.
Simo Vehmas (2011). Disability and Moral Responsibility. Trames 15 (2):156-167.
Added to index2009-09-21
Total downloads73 ( #13,993 of 722,774 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #20,384 of 722,774 )
How can I increase my downloads?