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Handout#7 Universal Moral Grammar Sripada Phil 156 The psychology of language provides a model for how to understand the psychology of language. Language provides a model of two different capacities: ‘perception’ and ‘acquisition’. Acquisition (acquiring a set of moral concepts and rules) Intuitive jurisprudence is sophisticated (involves concepts such as intent) and arises very early Every language has deontic terms such as obligation, permissible, etc..
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Unformatted text preview: . • Every culture forbids certain actions such as murder, rape, theft, etc. . • FMRI studies suggest that a fairly consistent set of brain regions is involved in moral cognition. Perception (classifying situations as right or wrong) “The moral grammar hypothesis holds that when people encounter trolley problems, they unconsciously compute structural descriptions [of the cases]”...
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