Moral Decision Making: How the Normative and Empirical can Inform our Prescriptive Accounts

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Title:
Moral Decision Making: How the Normative and Empirical can Inform our Prescriptive Accounts
Author:
Zamzow, Jennifer
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
If Aristotle was right in claiming that the aim of moral philosophy is to help us determine how we ought to live, then part of the aim of moral philosophy must be to help us improve our prescriptive accounts of moral decision making--our accounts of how we should make moral decisions. In my dissertation I examine implications of empirical research in cognitive science, social psychology, and decision theory for issues in moral decision making. I argue that empirical evidence suggests that principled guidance is in fact beneficial for decision making, which calls into question particularist prescriptive accounts. I also argue that contrary to the prevailing view, research suggests that taking a first-person perspective when making judgments about what we ought to do might actually help us make better moral judgments. Additionally, I argue that jurors will be more likely to make fairer and more accurate judgments by taking the perspective of the defendant than by trying to maintain a detached and 'objective' point of view.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Jury deliberation; Moral decision making; Moral rules; Normative; Perspective taking; Philosophy; Empirical
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Philosophy
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Nichols, Shaun

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleMoral Decision Making: How the Normative and Empirical can Inform our Prescriptive Accountsen_US
dc.creatorZamzow, Jenniferen_US
dc.contributor.authorZamzow, Jenniferen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIf Aristotle was right in claiming that the aim of moral philosophy is to help us determine how we ought to live, then part of the aim of moral philosophy must be to help us improve our prescriptive accounts of moral decision making--our accounts of how we should make moral decisions. In my dissertation I examine implications of empirical research in cognitive science, social psychology, and decision theory for issues in moral decision making. I argue that empirical evidence suggests that principled guidance is in fact beneficial for decision making, which calls into question particularist prescriptive accounts. I also argue that contrary to the prevailing view, research suggests that taking a first-person perspective when making judgments about what we ought to do might actually help us make better moral judgments. Additionally, I argue that jurors will be more likely to make fairer and more accurate judgments by taking the perspective of the defendant than by trying to maintain a detached and 'objective' point of view.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectJury deliberationen_US
dc.subjectMoral decision makingen_US
dc.subjectMoral rulesen_US
dc.subjectNormativeen_US
dc.subjectPerspective takingen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectEmpiricalen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorNichols, Shaunen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAnnas, Juliaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGill, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTimmons, Marken_US
dc.contributor.committeememberNichols, Shaunen_US
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