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Moral Judgments as Educated Intuitions

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2017.10.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hanno Sauer, Moral Judgments as Educated Intuitions, MIT Press, 2017, 312 pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262035606. Reviewed by Joshua Alexander, Siena College Hanno Sauer provides a thoughtful defense for a novel kind of rationalism about moral psychology. More traditional rationalist models suggest that moral judgments arise from deliberative reflection and the careful weighing of reasons. These models have fallen out of fashion in recent years, and it has become increasingly popular to think that moral judgments are instead shaped by our "moral intuitions" -- fast and often emotionally-charged responses to morally salient situations that are produced by unconscious cognitive processes and mechanisms. This change in how we commonly think about moral psychology has been driven by a growing body of empirical research that suggests, among other things, that people form moral judgments so quickly that it would. . .

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