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Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgement

Shaun Nichols

Abstract

This volume develops a new account of the nature of moral judgment. Evidence from developmental psychology and psychopathologies suggests that emotions play a crucial role in normal moral judgment. This indicates that philosophical accounts of moral judgment that eschew the emotions are mistaken. However, the volume also argues that prevailing philosophical accounts that embrace a role for the emotions are also mistaken. The empirical work points to a quite different account of moral judgment than philosophers have considered, an account in which normative rules and emotions make independent c ... More

Keywords: cultural evolution, metaethics, moral judgment, moral objectivism, moral psychology, naturalistic philosophy, psychopathologies, sentimentalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195169348
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195169344.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shaun Nichols, author
College of Charleston