Psychology and the aims of normative ethics

Regina A. Rini

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This chapter discusses the philosophical relevance of empirical research on moral cognition. It distinguishes three central aims of normative ethical theory: understanding the nature of moral agency, identifying morally right actions, and determining the justification of moral beliefs. For each of these aims, the chapter considers and rejects arguments against employing cognitive scientific research in normative inquiry. It concludes by suggesting that, whichever of the central aims one begins from, normative ethics is improved by engaging with the science of moral cognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Neuroethics
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages149-168
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9789400747074, 9789400747067
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Ethical Theory
psychology
ethics
cognition
Cognition
moral philosophy
Psychology
Empirical Research
empirical research
science
Research
Normative Ethics
Moral Cognition

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Rini, R. A. (2015). Psychology and the aims of normative ethics. In Handbook of Neuroethics (pp. 149-168). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4707-4_162

Psychology and the aims of normative ethics. / Rini, Regina A.

Handbook of Neuroethics. Springer Netherlands, 2015. p. 149-168.

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Rini, RA 2015, Psychology and the aims of normative ethics. in Handbook of Neuroethics. Springer Netherlands, pp. 149-168. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4707-4_162
Rini RA. Psychology and the aims of normative ethics. In Handbook of Neuroethics. Springer Netherlands. 2015. p. 149-168 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4707-4_162
Rini, Regina A. / Psychology and the aims of normative ethics. Handbook of Neuroethics. Springer Netherlands, 2015. pp. 149-168
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