The Debiasing Agenda in Ethics Teaching

TitleThe Debiasing Agenda in Ethics Teaching
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMaxwell, B
Corporate AuthorsSociety for Ethics Across the Curriculum
JournalTeaching Ethics
Volume16
Issue1
Date PublishedJan-01-2016
AbstractHow should ethics educators respond to the picture of moral functioning that has emerged from the cognitive sciences of morality? A critical case study of an instance of knowledge transfer from social and cognitive psychology to the practice of teaching ethics, this paper assesses the answer that behavioral ethics gives to this question. The paper first summarizes the opposition that the notion of “teaching reasoning skills” meets in behavioral ethics and provides some examples of the research findings on which this opposition is based. It is then argued that, contrary to the prevailing view in behavioral ethics, maintaining a central place in ethics for teaching about explicit reasoning strategies is consistent with the dominant view in social and cognitive psychology that everyday ethical perception and judgment are significantly influenced by a wide range of non-conscious, affectively-laden and non-rational processes.
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DOI10.5840/tej20164132

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