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This paper contends that psychology cannot replace ethics. However, it will be argued, with reference to two case studies, that the empirical investigation of human morality can offer an important contribution to ethics. First, an empirical approach can illuminate matters of definition. Normative ethicists often make distinctions between concepts that do not reflect lay usage, and may seek to refine or reclaim the ‘true’ meaning of words to prevent the erosion of conceptual distinctions. However, it might be argued that they should hold no privileged place when it comes to defining the terms of language as it is used. It is essential that philosophers take seriously the question of what laypeople understand by ethical concepts.
|Title of host publication||Dual Process Theories in Moral Psychology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Interdisciplinary Approaches to Theoretical, Empirical and Practical Considerations|
|Place of Publication||Wiesbaden|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Nov 2016|
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