Moral Complexity, The Fatal Attraction of Truthiness and the Importance of Mature Moral Functioning
Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol.5, pp.182-184.
By Darcia Narvaez
Recently, intuitionist theories have been effective in capturing the
academic discourse about morality. Intuitionist theories, like
rationalist theories, offer important but only partial understanding of
moral functioning. Both can be fallacious and succumb to truthiness: the attachment
to one’s opinions because they “feel right,” potentially leading to
harmful action or inaction. Both intuition and reasoning are involved
in deliberation and expertise. Both are malleable from environmental
and educational influence, making questions of normativity—which
intuitions and reasoning skills to foster—of utmost importance. Good
intuition and reasoning inform mature moral functioning, which needs to
include capacities that promote sustainable human well-being.
Individual capacities for habituated empathic concern and moral
metacognition—moral locus of control, moral self-regulation, and moral
self-reflection—comprise mature moral functioning, which also requires
collective capacities for moral dialogue and moral institutions. These
capacities underlie moral innovation and are necessary for solving the
complex challenges humanity faces.
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