How Moral ARE you?


US News just published this really interesting article about moral reasoning vs. moral action.

Apparently the missing link between moral reasoning and moral action is emotion; feelings of fear, guilt, and love play a central role in all thinking and behaviour, including moral behaviour. So, when you think about what you would do if you saw someone drowning you might think you would go to that person’s aid but you don't have a good grasp of the intensity of the emotions you will feel when actually in the situation. Most people end up misjudging what they will actually do.

You can read the whole article here. There is a really cool study they did with students to see what reward would motivate them to cheat.

Feb 24, 2011 @ 01:09 pm

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I think moral actions are also largely dependent on what up to be lost or gained. And probably some emotions outweigh others. Like maybe fear outweighs guilt for some people and vice versa.
Feb 24, 2011 @ 01:40 pm


That's probably very true - I would think that past experience also plays a factor
Feb 24, 2011 @ 01:47 pm

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