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Egocentrism shapes moral judgements

Bocian, Konrad, Baryla, Wieslaw, Wojciszke, Bogdan (2020) Egocentrism shapes moral judgements. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, . Article Number e12572. E-ISSN 1751-9004. (doi:10.1111/spc3.12572) (KAR id:83689)

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Abstract

We review past and recent literature on how egocentrism shapes moral judgements. We focus on mechanisms by which egocentric evaluations appear to people as objective, impartial and morally right. We also show that people seem to be unaware of these biases and suggest that understanding how egocentrism impacts moral judgements demands studying morality embedded in a specific social context rather than the social void created in a laboratory. Finally, we argue that egocentric biases in moral judgements are not easily overcome and persist even if people deliberately try to omit attitudes in their judgements or if morally relevant information is present. We conclude thategocentric evaluations triggered by such factors as personal and group interests or attitudes may lay at the core of moral judgements of others because they help maintain a strategic social and personal relationships.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/spc3.12572
Uncontrolled keywords: egocentrism, moral judgment, moral character, moral behaviour, attitudes,
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Konrad Bocian
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2020 09:02 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2021 22:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83689 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bocian, Konrad: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8652-0167
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