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ERIC Number: EJ859195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
The Morality of Harm
Sousa, Paulo; Holbrook, Colin; Piazza, Jared
Cognition, v113 n1 p80-92 Oct 2009
In this article, we discuss the range of concerns people weigh when evaluating the acceptability of harmful actions and propose a new perspective on the relationship between harm and morality. With this aim, we examine Kelly, Stich, Haley, Eng and Fessler's [Kelly, D., Stich, S., Haley, K., Eng, S., & Fessler, D. (2007). Harm, affect, and the moral/conventional distinction. "Mind and Language, 22," 117-131] recent claim that, contrary to Turiel and associates, people do not judge harm to be authority independent and general in scope in the context of complex harmful scenarios (e.g., prisoner interrogation, military training). In a modified replication of their study, we examined participants' judgments of harmful actions in these contexts by taking into account their explanations for their judgments. We claim that both in terms of participants' judgments and rationales, the results largely confirm our hypothesis that actions involving harm "and injustice or rights violation" are judged to be authority independent and general in scope, which is a modification of Turiel's traditional hypothesis. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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