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“Stupid people deserve what they get”: The effects of personality assessment on judgments of intentional action

  • Berit Brogaard (a1)

Knobe argues that people's judgments of the moral status of a side-effect of action influence their assessment of whether the side-effect is intentional. I tested this hypothesis using vignettes akin to Knobe's but involving economically or eudaimonistically (wellness-related) negative side-effects. My results show that it is people's sense of what agents deserve, and not the moral status of side-effects, that drives intuition.

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J Knobe . (2006) The concept of intentional action: A case study in the uses of folk psychology. Philosophical Studies 130:203–31.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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