Adaptive domains of deontic reasoning

Fiddick, Laurence (2006) Adaptive domains of deontic reasoning. Philosophical Explorations, 9 (1). pp. 105-116.

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Deontic reasoning is reasoning about permission and obligation: what one may do and what one must do, respectively. Conceivably, people could reason about deontic matters using a purely formal deontic calculus. I review evidence from a range of psychological experiments suggesting that this is not the case. Instead, I argue that deontic reasoning is supported by a collection of dissociable cognitive adaptations for solving adaptive problems that likely would have confronted ancestral humans.

Item ID: 4576
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-5918
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2009 04:40
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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