group5 300 word paper on Moral Psychology: Empirical Approaches

Moral psychology investigates human functioning in moral contexts and aks how these results may impact debate in ethical theory. This work is necessarily interdisciplinary, drawing on both the empirical resources of the human sciences and the conceptual resources of philosophical ethics. This article discussess several topics that illustrate this type of inquiry: thought experiments, responsibility, character, egoism versus altrusim, and moral disagreement. Moral psychology is a discipline of both intrinsic and practical interest; uncovering the determinants of moral judgement and behavior is fascinating in it's own right, and a better understanding of these determionants may help us to better understand what educational and policy interventions may facilitate good conduct and ameliorate bad conduct. The question of whose responses "count" philosophically is a question ythat has been answered in a variety of ways, but for many philosophers, the intended audience for thought experiments seems to nbe some species of "ordinary folks". Of course the relevant folk must possess such cognitive attainments as are required to understand the case at issue; very young children are probably not an ideal audience for thought experiments. A dilemma emerges: on the one hand, philosophically naive subjects may be thpoughjt to lake the erudition required to grasp the philosophical stakes. On the other hand, with increasing philosophical sophistication comes, very likely, philosophical partiality; one audience is not experienced enough and the other prejudiced. CONCLUSION:
Progress in ethical theorizing often reguires progress on difficult psychological questions about how human beings can be expected to function in moral contexts. It is no surprise, then, that morall psychology is a central area of inquiry in philosophical ethics. It should also come as no suprise that empirical reasearch, such as cinducted in psychology departments, may substantially abet such inquiry. Nor then, should it surprise that research in moral psychology has become methodologically plurastic, exploting the resourses of, and endeavoring to contribute to, various disciplines..Olive

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