Moral Motivation

Timothy Schroeder, Adina L. Roskies, Shaun Nichols

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Abstract

To understand the nature of moral motivation, it is important first to understand the nature of motivation. This chapter begins with a discussion of motivation itself and then sketches four possible theories of distinctively moral motivation: instrumentalist, cognitivist, sentimentalist, and personalist theories. It then evaluates these theories in light of recent evidence from neuroscience and allied fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Moral Psychology Handbook
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191594496
ISBN (Print)9780199582143
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

Keywords

  • Cognitivism
  • Desire
  • Instrumentalism
  • Moral worth
  • Motivation
  • Neurophysiology
  • Pain
  • Personalism
  • Reward
  • Sentimentalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Schroeder, T., Roskies, A. L., & Nichols, S. (2010). Moral Motivation. In The Moral Psychology Handbook Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582143.003.0004