Handout#6 Psychology of deontology Part I: More about arguments A weak argument : When people around the world are presented with the trolley problem, they make very similar judgments. This shows that these judgments must in some important sense be innate. Why else would they be universal across groups? Another weak argument : If moral judgments are innate, then people around the world would make highly similar judgments when presented with trolley problems. I believe that there is strong evidence that people around the world do in fact make very similar judgments when presented with trolley problems. Therefore, I conclude that morality is innate. A stronger argument : Let us suppose: (U) People around the world, when presented with the trolley problem, make very similar judgments. There are two possible explanations for (U) assuming it is in fact true: (1) That people across different groups are all taught the same things as they are growing up (2) That these judgments are in some important sense be innate. In this paper, I will argue that (U) is true, and that (1) is false. This shows that (2) must be true.
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