The emotional basis of moral judgments

Philosophical Explorations 9 (1):29-43 (2006)
Abstract
Recent work in cognitive science provides overwhelming evidence for a link between emotion and moral judgment. I review?ndings from psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and research on psychopathology and conclude that emotions are not merely correlated with moral judgments but they are also, in some sense, both necessary and suf?cient. I then use these?ndings along with some anthropological observations to support several philosophical theories:?rst, I argue that sentimentalism is true: to judge that something is wrong is to have a sentiment of disapprobation towards it. Second, I argue that moral facts are response-dependent: the bad just is that which cases disapprobation in a community of moralizers. Third, I argue that a form of motivational internalism is true: ordinary moral judgments are intrinsically motivating, and all non-motivating moral judgments are parasitic on these
Keywords Cognitive Science  Emotion  Ethics  Moral Judgment  Neuroscience  Psychology
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/13869790500492466
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 29,472
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Truth and Objectivity.Crispin Wright - 1992 - Harvard University Press.
The Emotional Construction of Morals.Jesse J. Prinz - 2007 - Oxford University Press.

View all 18 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Will the Real Moral Judgment Please Stand Up?Jeanette Kennett & Cordelia Fine - 2009 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12 (1):77-96.
Most Peers Don’T Believe It, Hence It Is Probably False.René Van Woudenberg & Hans Van Eyghen - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (4):87-112.
Does Disgust Influence Moral Judgment?Joshua May - 2014 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (1):125-141.
The Role of Emotion in Moral Psychology.Bryce Huebner, Susan Dwyer & Marc D. Hauser - 2009 - Trends in Cognitive Science 13 (1):1-6.
A Cognitive–Intuitionist Model of Moral Judgment.Adenekan Dedeke - 2015 - Journal of Business Ethics 126 (3):1-21.

View all 56 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Moral Realism and Moral Judgments.Frederik Kaufman - 1992 - Erkenntnis 36 (1):103 - 112.
Emotion and Moral Judgment.Linda Zagzebski - 2003 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (1):104–124.
Moral Psychology and the Mencian Creature.David Morrow - 2009 - Philosophical Psychology 22 (3):281-304.
Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total downloads
322 ( #9,979 of 2,210,898 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
16 ( #17,533 of 2,210,898 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature