Elements of Moral Cognition

Elements of Moral Cognition

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Is the science of moral cognition usefully modelled on aspects of Universal Grammar? Are human beings born with an innate 'moral grammar' that causes them to analyse human action in terms of its moral structure, with just as little awareness as they analyse human speech in terms of its grammatical structure? Questions like these have been at the forefront of moral psychology ever since John Mikhail revived them in his influential work on the linguistic analogy and its implications for jurisprudence and moral theory. In this seminal book, Mikhail offers a careful and sustained analysis of the moral grammar hypothesis, showing how some of John Rawls' original ideas about the linguistic analogy, together with famous thought experiments like the trolley problem, can be used to improve our understanding of moral and legal judgement.2 Although rawls uses related phrases, such as a€œmorally competenta€ and a€œ competent judge, a€ in his early paper a€œoutline of a Decision Procedure for ethicsa€ ( 1951a), the term moral competence does not appear in his discussion of moral theoryanbsp;...

Title:Elements of Moral Cognition
Author: John Mikhail
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2011-06-13

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