Philosophers Are Using Science and Data Points to Test Theories of Morality

These philosophical experiments often overlap with studies of psychology. But philosophers use this research into human behavior to test their assumptions about moral truths. “Using carefully controlled studies and the right statistical methods, you can start to get evidence about some of the unconscious principles we’re applying in trying to figure out whether someone is morally responsible or not,” Chandra Sripada, philosophy and psychiatry professor at the University of Michigan, tells Quartz. Having collected data about how intuitive judgments are made, philosophers can then reflect on whether these principles are sound.

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