Abstract
Moral pluralism is the norm in contemporary society. Even the best philosophical arguments rarely persuade moral opponents who differ at a foundational level. This has been vividly illustrated in contemporary debates in bioethics surrounding contentious issues such as abortion and euthanasia. It is readily apparent that bioethics discourse lacks an empirical explanation for the broad differences about various topics in bioethics and health policy. In recent years, social and cognitive psychology has generated novel approaches for defining basic differences in moral intuitions generally. We propose that if empirical research using social intuitionist theory explains why people disagree with one another over moral issues, then the results of such research might help people debate their moral differences in a more constructive and civil manner. We illustrate the utility of social intuitionism with data from a national physician survey
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1186/1747-5341-9-17
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 56,903
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals.Immanuel Kant - 1785/2002 - Oxford University Press.
Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals.Immanuel Kant - 1785 - In Elizabeth Schmidt Radcliffe, Richard McCarty, Fritz Allhoff & Anand Vaidya (eds.), Late Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary. Blackwell.
A Critique of Principlism.K. D. Clouser & B. Gert - 1990 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 15 (2):219-236.

View all 16 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Haidt Et Al.'s Case for Moral Pluralism Revisited.Tanya De Villiers-Botha - 2020 - Philosophical Psychology 33 (2):244-261.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

On the Social Dimensions of Moral Psychology.John D. GreenwooD - 2011 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 41 (4):333-364.
Bioethics in Pluralistic Societies.Leigh Turner - 2004 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 7 (2):201-208.
The Case for Nietzschean Moral Psychology.Joshua Knobe & Brian Leiter - 2006 - In Brian Leiter & Neil Sinhababu (eds.), Nietzsche and Morality. Oxford University Press.
The Physician's Right of Refusal: What Are the Limits?R. D. Orr - 2012 - Christian Bioethics 18 (1):30-40.
Why Health is Not Special: Errors in Evolved Bioethics Intuitions.Robin Hanson - 2002 - Social Philosophy and Policy 19 (2):153-179.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-11-04

Total views
16 ( #617,226 of 2,409,592 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #540,301 of 2,409,592 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes