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Moral Motivation

Timothy Schroeder, Adina L. Roskies and Shaun Nichols

in The Moral Psychology Handbook

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582143
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594496 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582143.003.0004
Moral Motivation

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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

Chapter.  16794 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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