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Switching Tracks? Towards a Multi-Dimensional Model of Utilitarian Psychology

Everett, Jim A.C., Kahane, Guy (2020) Switching Tracks? Towards a Multi-Dimensional Model of Utilitarian Psychology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 23 (2). pp. 124-134. ISSN 1364-6613. E-ISSN 1879-307X. (doi:10.1016/j.tics.2019.11.012) (KAR id:79191)


Sacrificial moral dilemmas are widely used to investigate when, how, and why people make judgments that are consistent with utilitarianism. But to what extent can responses to sacrificial dilemmas shed light on utilitarian decision making? We consider two key questions: First, how meaningful is the relationship between responses to sacrificial dilemmas and what is distinctive of a utilitarian approach to morality? Second, to what extent do findings about sacrificial dilemmas generalise to other moral contexts where there is tension between utilitarianism and common-sense intuitions? We argue that sacrificial dilemmas only capture one point of conflict between utilitarianism and common-sense morality, and new paradigms are needed to investigate other key aspects of utilitarianism, such as its radical impartiality.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.tics.2019.11.012
Uncontrolled keywords: Utilitarianism; moral psychology; sacrificial dilemmas; harm; impartiality.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF41 Psychology and philosophy
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Jim Everett
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 15:14 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:06 UTC
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