Title

Effects of moral cognition on judgments of intentionality

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Publication Date

12-1-2008

Volume

59

Issue

4

First Page

709

Last Page

731

Abstract

Several recent articles on the concept of intentional action center on experimental findings suggesting that intentionality ascription can be affected by moral factors. I argue that the explanation for these phenomena lies in the workings of a tacit moral judgment mechanism, capable under certain circumstances of altering normal intentionality ascriptions. This view contrasts with that of Knobe ([2006]), who argues that the findings show that the concept of intentional action invokes evaluative notions. I discuss and reject possible objections to the moral mechanism view, and offer arguments supporting the model over Knobe’s account on grounds of simplicity and plausibility.

DOI

10.1093/bjps/axn035

Print ISSN

00070882

E-ISSN

14643537

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Nado, J. E. (2008). Effects of moral cognition on judgments of intentionality. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 59(4), 709-731. doi: 10.1093/bjps/axn035