Moral judgment as reasoning by constraint satisfaction

Keith J. Holyoak, Derek Powell

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May's careful examination of empirical evidence makes a compelling case against the primacy of emotion in driving moral judgments. At the same time, emotion certainly is involved in moral judgments. We argue that emotion interacts with beliefs, values, and moral principles through a process of coherence-based reasoning (operating at least partially below the level of conscious awareness) in generating moral judgments and decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e156
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
StatePublished - Sep 11 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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