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Do abnormal responses show utilitarian bias?

Kahane, Guy and Shackel, Nicholas. ORCID: 2008. Do abnormal responses show utilitarian bias? Nature 452 (7185) , E5-E5. 10.1038/nature06785

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Neuroscience has recently turned to the study of utilitarian and non-utilitarian moral judgment. Koenigs et al.1 examined the responses of normal and ventromedial-prefrontal-cortex damaged subjects to moral scenarios drawn from fMRI studies by Greene et al.2,3,4 and claim that patients with VMPC damage have an abnormally ‘utilitarian’ pattern of moral judgment. It is crucial to Koenigs et al.’s claims that Greene et al.’s scenarios pose a conflict between utilitarian consequence and duty; however many of them do not meet this condition. Because of this methodological problem it is too early to claim that VMPC patients have a utilitarian bias.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0028-0836
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:56

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