Feedback from moral philosophy to cognitive science

Regina A. Rini

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A popular argument form uses general theories of cognitive architecture to motivate conclusions about the nature of moral cognition. This paper highlights the possibility for modus tollens reversal of this argument form. If theories of cognitive architecture generate predictions for moral cognition, then tests of moral thinking provide feedback to cognitive science. In certain circumstances, philosophers' introspective attention to their own moral deliberations can provide unique data for these tests. Recognizing the possibility for this sort of feedback helps to illuminate a deep continuity between the disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-588
Number of pages20
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 19 2015


  • Cognitive Science
  • Ethics
  • Moral Cognition
  • Moral Philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology


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