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Moral externalisation fails to scale

  • Carl Joseph Brusse (a1) and Kim Sterelny (a1)

Abstract

We argue that Stanford's picture of the evolution of externalised norms is plausible mostly because of the idealisations implicit in his defence of it. Once we take into account plausible amounts of normative disagreement, plausible amounts of error and misunderstanding, and the knock-on consequences of shunning, it is plausible that Stanford under-counts the costs of externalisation.

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Frank, R. H. (1988) Passions within reason: The strategic role of the emotions. W. W. Norton.
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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
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