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Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.001.0001

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Cognitive Neuroscience and the Structure of the Moral Mind *

Cognitive Neuroscience and the Structure of the Moral Mind *

(p.338) 19 Cognitive Neuroscience and the Structure of the Moral Mind*
The Innate Mind

Joshua Greene

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses neurocognitive work relevant to moral psychology and the proposition that innate factors make important contributions to moral judgment. It reviews various sources of evidence for an innate moral faculty, before presenting brain-imaging data in support of the same conclusion. It is argued that our moral thought is the product of an interaction between some ‘gut-reaction’ moral emotions and our capacity for abstract reflection.

Keywords:   moral psychology, innateness, moral judgement, moral thought, abstract reflection

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