On the perceived objectivity of some moral beliefs
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 09:15 authored by Graham WoodGraham Wood
This paper presents research in moral psychology and draws on this research to offer an account of the cognitive systems and processes that generate the perceived objectivity of some moral beliefs. It presents empirical research on the perceived objectivity of moral beliefs, compares different algorithms employed by human cognition in the context of model-free and model-based reinforcement learning, and uses concepts drawn from dual-system and modular theories of cognition. The central claim of the account is that belief in the objectivity of some moral beliefs results from certain ‘modular’ features of cognitive systems.
Publication titlePhilosophical Psychology
Department/SchoolSchool of Humanities
Place of publicationRankine Rd, Basingstoke, England, Hants, Rg24 8Pr
Rights statement© 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Philosophical psychology on 7 December 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09515089.2019.1696454