Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Moral Psychology and Human AgencyPhilosophical Essays on the Science of Ethics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Justin D'Arms and Daniel Jacobson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717812

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717812.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 14 December 2019

Intuitive and Counterintuitive Morality

Intuitive and Counterintuitive Morality

Chapter:
(p.9) 2 Intuitive and Counterintuitive Morality
Source:
Moral Psychology and Human Agency
Author(s):

Guy Kahane

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717812.003.0002

Recent work in the cognitive science of morality has been taken to show that moral judgment is largely based on immediate intuitions and emotions. However, according to Greene’s influential dual process model, deliberative processing not only plays a significant role in moral judgment, but also favours a distinctive type of content—a broadly utilitarian approach to ethics. This chapter argues that this proposed tie between process and content is based on conceptual errors, and on a misinterpretation of the empirical evidence. Drawing on some of the author’s own empirical research, the chapter will argue so-called “utilitarian” judgments in response to trolley cases often have little to do with concern for the greater good, and may actually express antisocial tendencies. A more general lesson of this argument is that much of current empirical research in moral psychology is based on a far too narrow understanding of intuition and deliberation.

Keywords:   deontology, dual process models, Greene, intuition, moral dilemmas, utilitarianism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .