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Sentimental Rules

Shaun Nichols

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169348
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835041 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195169344.001.0001
Sentimental Rules

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This volume develops a new account of the nature of moral judgment. Evidence from developmental psychology and psychopathologies suggests that emotions play a crucial role in normal moral judgment. This indicates that philosophical accounts of moral judgment that eschew the emotions are mistaken. However, the volume also argues that prevailing philosophical accounts that embrace a role for the emotions are also mistaken. The empirical work points to a quite different account of moral judgment than philosophers have considered, an account in which normative rules and emotions make independent contributions to moral judgment. Further, the volume argues that the emotions play an important role in the normative rules that get fixed in the culture. The history of norms indicates that norms that resonate with our emotions are more likely to survive.

Keywords: cultural evolution; metaethics; moral judgment; moral objectivism; moral psychology; naturalistic philosophy; psychopathologies; sentimentalism

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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Norms with Feeling in Sentimental Rules

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Sparks of Benevolence in Sentimental Rules

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Moral Evolution in Sentimental Rules

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