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The Moral Psychology Handbook$
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John M. Doris and The Moral Psychology Research Group

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582143.001.0001

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Moral Motivation

Moral Motivation

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(p.72) 3 Moral Motivation
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The Moral Psychology Handbook
Author(s):

Timothy Schroeder

Adina L. Roskies

Shaun Nichols

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582143.003.0004

To understand the nature of moral motivation, it is important first to understand the nature of motivation. This chapter begins with a discussion of motivation itself and then sketches four possible theories of distinctively moral motivation: instrumentalist, cognitivist, sentimentalist, and personalist theories. It then evaluates these theories in light of recent evidence from neuroscience and allied fields.

Keywords:   moral worth, pain, motivation, desire, reward, sentimentalism, cognitivism, instrumentalism, personalism, neurophysiology

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