The new science of moral cognition: the state of the art
AbstractThe need for multidisciplinary approaches to the scientific study of human nature is a widely supported academic claim. This assumption has proved to be especially successful in the field of moral psychology. Although studies of moral topics have been ubiquitous in social psychology, it is not until the integration of different scientific disciplines in the convergent science of moral psychology that the study of morality started its flourishing age. Thus, in the last ten years, a growing body of research from cognitive sciences, experimental philosophy, primatology, clinical and developmental psychology, economy and anthropology have made possible a “new era” on the study of morality. In this paper, we review the most striking findings that constitute the “state of the art” of moral psychology, with the aim to facilitate a better understanding of how the mind functions in the moral domain.
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