Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (2):237-250 (2015)

Authors
Frank Hindriks
University of Groningen
Abstract
Recent experiments in moral psychology have been taken to imply that moral reasoning only serves to reaffirm prior moral intuitions. More specifically, Jonathan Haidt concludes from his moral dumbfounding experiments, in which people condemn other people’s behavior, that moral reasoning is biased and ineffective, as it rarely makes people change their mind. I present complementary evidence pertaining to self-directed reasoning about what to do. More specifically, Albert Bandura’s experiments concerning moral disengagement reveal that moral reasoning often does contribute effectively to the formation of moral judgments. And such reasoning need not be biased. Once this evidence is taken into account, it becomes clear that both cognition and affect can play a destructive as well as a constructive role in the formation of moral judgments
Keywords Moral reasoning  Moral dumbfounding  Moral disengagement  Cognitive dissonance  Reason  Emotion
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s10677-015-9575-7
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: 64,229
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Emotional Construction of Morals.Jesse Prinz - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
Why Do Humans Reason? Arguments for an Argumentative Theory.Dan Sperber - 2011 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (2):57.

View all 18 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Mark of the Moral: Beyond the Sentimentalist Turn.Frank Hindriks & Hanno Sauer - 2020 - Philosophical Psychology 33 (4):569-591.

View all 6 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

What is Moral Reasoning?Leland F. Saunders - 2013 - Philosophical Psychology (1):1-20.
Moral Reasoning: Hints and Allegations.Joseph M. Paxton & Joshua D. Greene - 2010 - Topics in Cognitive Science 2 (3):511-527.
Moral Reasoning.Gilbert Harman, Kelby Mason & Walter Sinnott-Armstrong - 2010 - In John Michael Doris (ed.), The Moral Psychology Handbook. Oxford University Press.
Moral Reasoning.Henry S. Richardson - 2013 - The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
What Good is Moral Reasoning?Hugo Mercier - 2011 - Mind and Society 10 (2):131-148.
Reflection and Reasoning in Moral Judgment.Joshua D. Greene - 2012 - Cognitive Science 36 (1):163-177.
Moral Intuitions, Moral Expertise and Moral Reasoning.Albert W. Musschenga - 2009 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 43 (4):597-613.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-03-17

Total views
56 ( #192,317 of 2,455,493 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #303,316 of 2,455,493 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes