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[Link] Explanations of deontological responses to moral dilemmas

1 Post author: Jayson_Virissimo 10 April 2017 03:43AM

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Comment author: Lumifer 10 April 2017 03:49:09PM *  2 points [-]

deontological responses ... arise from some sort of error, or poor thinking.

I don't understand the complaint. Deontology is simple: you just apply the fixed rules. If in a particular situation the fixed rules lead to an undesirable outcome, that's too bad but that's how deontology works -- it is explicitly NOT consequentialism -- and that has nothing do with "poor thinking".

Comment author: tukabel 11 April 2017 08:33:42PM 0 points [-]

or as generalissimus Stalin would say: "No man, no problem"

Comment author: Jayson_Virissimo 10 April 2017 03:45:35AM 0 points [-]

...deontological responses (DRs) seem to be equivalent to responses that demonstrate cognitive biases in non-moral situations. For example, the omission bias favors harms of omission over less harmful harms caused by acts, in both moral and non-moral situations (Ritov & Baron, 1990). This similarity suggests that the DRs arise from some sort of error, or poor thinking. Much evidence indicates that the cognitive processes supporting moral and non-moral judgments are largely the same (e.g., Greene, 2007). If this is true, the question arises of what sort of thinking is involved, and when it occurs.