Is Morality Universal or Parochial? New Rebuttal of Criticism Published by “Culture and the Mind” Group

The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded “Culture and the Mind” research group has published a rebuttal to criticism of our 2015 paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B where we showed, using data from an experiment conducted in a handful of societies around the world, that moral judgment is not universal, but parochial. In other words, human judgments of moral transgressions are different when local and immediate, and the word of local authority is able to temper these judgments.

Fessler DMT, Holbrook C, Kanovsky M, Barrett HC, Bolyanatz AH, Gervais MM, Gurven M, Henrich J, Kushnick G, Pisor AC, Stich S, von Rueden C, Laurence S (2016) Moral parochialism misunderstood: A reply to Piazza and Souza. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283, 20152628.

Click here for a PDF copy of the paper.

You can find a full list of my publications, including links to some of the original datasets from which the analyses were taken on my Publications page.

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