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Journal Article

Moral Reasoning on the Ground

Richmond Campbell and Victor Kumar
Ethics
Vol. 122, No. 2 (January 2012), pp. 273-312
DOI: 10.1086/663980
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/663980
Page Count: 40
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Abstract

We present a unified empirical and philosophical account of moral consistency reasoning, a distinctive form of moral reasoning that exposes inconsistencies among moral judgments about concrete cases. Judgments opposed in belief or in emotion and motivation are inconsistent when the cases are similar in morally relevant respects. Moral consistency reasoning, we argue, regularly shapes moral thought and feeling by coordinating two systems described in dual process models of moral cognition. Our empirical explanation of moral change fills a gap in the empirical literature, making psychologically plausible a defensible new model of justified moral change and a hybrid theory of moral judgment.

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