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On the nonexistence of moralometers

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  • UserEric Schwitzgebel (University of California, Riverside)
  • ClockWednesday 09 March 2022, 13:00-14:30
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If we’re interested in studying morality scientifically – for example, to study the effectiveness of moral education programs or to study whether people who behave morally better tend to be happier than their naughtier counterparts – we should be interested in constructing an accurate and reliable means for measuring a person’s overall moral character: a moralometer. Potential moralometers come in four varieties: self-ratings, informant ratings, behavioral observation, and physiological measures. I argue that there are practically insurmountable methodological problems with all four approaches to constructing a moralometer.

This talk is part of the CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) seminar series.

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