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Methods, Models, and the Evolution of Moral Psychology

O'Connor, Cailin (2019) Methods, Models, and the Evolution of Moral Psychology. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Why are we good? Why are we bad? Questions regarding the evolution of morality have spurred an astoundingly large interdisciplinary literature. Some significant subset of this body of work addresses questions regarding our moral psychology: how did humans evolve the psychological properties which underpin our systems of ethics and morality? Here I do three things. First, I discuss some methodological issues, and defend particularly effective methods for addressing many research questions in this area. Second, I give an in-depth example, describing how an explanation can be given for the evolution of guilt---one of the core moral emotions---using the methods advocated here. Last, I lay out which sorts of strategic scenarios generally are the ones that our moral psychology evolved to `solve', and thus which models are the most useful in further exploring this evolution.


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Item Type: Preprint
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O'Connor, Cailincailino@uci.edu
Keywords: moral psychology, evolution, game theory, morality
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Cailin O'Connor
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2019 03:13
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2019 03:13
Item ID: 16381
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16381

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