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Title: Neuroscience and Metaethics: A Kantian Hypothesis
Authors: Mordacci, Roberto
Keywords: neuroethics
universal moral grammar
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Universit√† di Trieste
Citation: Roberto Mordacci, "Neuroscience and Metaethics: A Kantian Hypothesis", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XI (2009) 2, pp. 43-56.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XI (2009) 2
Abstract: The interpretation of experimental data in neuroscientific research concerning moral decisions is controversial. One of the leading experimenters in the field, Joshua Greene, holds that the data show that deontological theories of morality are the expression of a confabulation which tries to give a rational justification for emotional responses. His arguments are criticized on the basis of a different interpretation of deontology. On the other hand, Marc Hauser, John Mikhail and others have proposed a research project in moral psychology called Universal Moral Grammar. This perspective is more promising as far as the normative dimension of moral judgment is concerned. Yet, it is suggested that rather than looking for the universal moral principles we should look for the (univerdsal) formal principles of morality, in a more thoroughly Kantian perspective.
ISSN: 1825-5167
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