Neuro-cognitive systems involved in moral reasoning

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Abstract

Before considering the systems involved in moral reasoning, it is worth briefly considering what morality is. Two broad viewpoints on morality effectively exist. According to one, moral reasoning is mediated by some form of unitary system for processing social rule related information. Early adherents of this viewpoint included Kohlberg who considered the moral reasoning developed from conventional reasoning (Colby & Kohlberg, 1987). More recent adherents include Moll who has defined morality as: the sets of customs and values that are embraced by a cultural group to guide social conduct (Moll, Zahn, Oliveira-Souza, Krueger, & Grafman, 2005, p. 799).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Moral Brain
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on the Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Aspects of Morality
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages87-107
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781402062872
ISBN (Print)9781402062865
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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Blair, J. (2009). Neuro-cognitive systems involved in moral reasoning. In The Moral Brain: Essays on the Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Aspects of Morality (pp. 87-107). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6287-2_4