Consciousness and how it got to be that way

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Are Utilitarians Psychopaths?

"Low Levels of Empathic Concern Predict Utilitarian Moral Judgment", state Gleichgerrcht and Young in this PLOSOne paper. It's a central concern of your blogger that "moral reasoning" might be an oxymoron, that morality is necessarily not a deliberative process and not subject to algorithmization, so to speak. This is obviously a central concern because the assumption that this is not the case is at the core of the Enlightenment. It could be that there's a moral mismatch hypothesis operating here, and that empathic concern is actually not a good contributor to decision-making in modern life.

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