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Psychol Bull. 2016 Nov;142(11):1179-1203. Epub 2016 Oct 6.

Deontological coherence: A framework for commonsense moral reasoning.

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Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles.

Abstract

We review a broad range of work, primarily in cognitive and social psychology, that provides insight into the processes of moral judgment. In particular, we consider research on pragmatic reasoning about regulations and on coherence in decision making, both areas in which psychological theories have been guided by work in legal philosophy. Armed with these essential prerequisites, we sketch a psychological framework for how ordinary people make judgments about moral issues. Based on a literature review, we show how the framework of deontological coherence unifies findings in moral psychology that have often been explained in terms of a grab-bag of heuristics and biases. (PsycINFO Database Record.

PMID:
27709981
DOI:
10.1037/bul0000075
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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