Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment / Edition 1 by Shaun Nichols | 9780195314205 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment / Edition 1

Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment / Edition 1

by Shaun Nichols
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195314204

ISBN-13: 9780195314205

Pub. Date: 02/22/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Sentimental Rules is an ambitious and highly interdisciplinary work, which proposes and defends a new theory about the nature and evolution of moral judgment. In it, philosopher Shaun Nichols develops the theory that emotions play a critical role in both the psychological and the cultural underpinnings of basic moral judgment. Nichols argues that our norms

Overview

Sentimental Rules is an ambitious and highly interdisciplinary work, which proposes and defends a new theory about the nature and evolution of moral judgment. In it, philosopher Shaun Nichols develops the theory that emotions play a critical role in both the psychological and the cultural underpinnings of basic moral judgment. Nichols argues that our norms prohibiting the harming of others are fundamentally associated with our emotional responses to those harms, and that such 'sentimental rules' enjoy an advantage in cultural evolution, which partly explains the success of certain moral norms. This has sweeping and exciting implications for philosophical ethics.

Nichols builds on an explosion of recent intriguing experimental work in psychology on our capacity for moral judgment and shows how this empirical work has broad import for enduring philosophical problems. The result is an account that illuminates fundamental questions about the character of moral emotions and the role of sentiment and reason in how we make our moral judgments. This work should appeal widely across philosophy and the other disciplines that comprise cognitive science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195314205
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/22/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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