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Moral Grammar and Human Rights

John Mikhail

in Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195371895
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979127 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371895.003.0007
Moral Grammar and Human Rights

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In Chapter 7, cognitive science and legal John Mikhail reviews the mind sciences for evidence of what he calls “universal moral grammar”—a moral organ that is now an innate feature like linguistic ability. If such an inherent moral fabric exists, Mikhail argues, it may suggest that current skepticism in human rights scholarship about moral foundationalism is unwarranted.

Keywords: moral biology; moral intuitions; trolley car; universal moral grammar; fmri; human rights; cognitive science; neuroscience; neurobiology

Chapter.  16036 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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