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The half-life of the moral dilemma task: A case study in experimental (neuro-) philosophy

Schleim, S. 2015 Handbook of Neuroethics. Clausen, J. & Levy, N. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 185-199

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The pioneering neuroscience of moral decisions studies implementing the moral dilemma task by Joshua Greene and colleagues stimulated interdisciplinary experimental research on moral cognition as well as a philosophical debate on its normative implications. This chapter emphasizes the influence these studies had and continue to have on many academic disciplines. It continues with a detailed analysis of both the traditional philosophical puzzle and the recent psychological puzzle that Greene and colleagues wanted to solve, with a special focus on the conceptual and experimental relation between the two puzzles. The analysis follows the fundamental logics essential for psychological experimentation that is also employed within cognitive neuroscience: the logics of defining a psychological construct, operationalizing it, formulating a hypothesis, applying it in an experiment, collecting data, and eventually interpreting them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Neuroethics
EditorsJens Clausen, Neil Levy
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages185-199
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-4707-4
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-4706-7
StatePublished - 2015

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