Will the real moral judgment please stand up? The implications of social intuitionist models of cognition for meta-ethics and moral psychology

Jeanette Kennett, Cordelia Fine

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    Abstract

    The recent, influential Social Intuitionist Model of moral judgment (Haidt, Psychological Review 108, 814'834, 2001) proposes a primary role for fast, automatic and affectively charged moral intuitions in the formation of moral judgments. Haidt's research challenges our normative conception of ourselves as agents capable of grasping and responding to reasons. We argue that there can be no 'real' moral judgments in the absence of a capacity for reflective shaping and endorsement of moral judgments. However, we suggest that the empirical literature indicates a complex interplay between automatic and deliberative mental processes in moral judgment formation, with the latter constraining the expression and influence of moral intuitions. We therefore conclude that the psychological literature supports a normative conception of agency.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-96
    Number of pages20
    JournalEthical Theory and Moral Practice
    Volume12
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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