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ERIC Number: EJ778682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Are Children Moral Objectivists? Children's Judgments about Moral and Response-Dependent Properties
Nichols, Shaun; Folds-Bennett, Trisha
Cognition, v90 n2 pB23-B32 Dec 2003
Researchers working on children's moral understanding maintain that the child's capacity to distinguish morality from convention shows that children regard moral violations as objectively wrong (e.g. Nucci, L. (2001). "Education in the moral domain." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). However, one traditional way to cast the issue of objectivism is to focus not on "conventionality," but on whether moral properties depend on our responses, as with properties like "icky" and "fun." This paper argues that the moral/conventional task is inadequate for assessing whether children regard moral properties as response-dependent. Unfortunately, children's understanding of response-dependent properties has been neglected in recent research. Two experiments are reported showing that children are more likely to treat properties like "fun" and "icky" as response-dependent than moral properties like "good" and "bad." Hence, this helps support the claim that children are moral objectivists.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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