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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

(p.72) 3 Moral Motivation
The Moral Psychology Handbook

Timothy Schroeder

Adina L. Roskies

Shaun Nichols

Oxford University Press

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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