On the Nature of Moral Judgment

Nalini RamlakhanCarleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Abstract

I critically examine the existing data in emotion research to show that empathy is not necessary for moral judgment. I argue that other emotions, such as disgust, are responsible for moral judgment, and that humans are able to make moral judgments without empathy. Autistic individuals are of interest because they are said to lack empathy, yet display some form of morality. Thus, empathy cannot be the core motivator in moral judgment.

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