The Moral/Conventional Distinction

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[New Entry by Edouard Machery and Stephen Stich on June 8, 2022.]
Contemporary interest in the idea that there is a psychologically real and philosophically important distinction between moral judgments and conventional judgments can be traced to the work of psychologist Elliot Turiel. Starting in the 1970s, Turiel and his collaborators borrowed some ideas from philosophers who had written on the nature of morality and convention, and conducted a series of experiments demonstrating that young children react very differently when asked about prototypical moral transgressions, like one child hitting…

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