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Beyond sacrificial harm: a two dimensional model of utilitarian decision-making

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Recent research has relied on ‘trolley’ type sacrificial moral dilemmas to study ‘utilitarian’ vs. ‘non-utilitarian’ modes of moral decision-making. This approach has generated important insights into people’s willingness to endorse instrumental harm in certain circumstances—typically, sacrificing one individual in order to save a greater number—but also has serious limitations. Most notably, it ignores the positive, altruistic core of utilitarianism, which is characterized by impartial conce...

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University of Oxford
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Humanities Division
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Philosophy Faculty
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University of Oxford
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Humanities Division
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Philosophy Faculty
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University of Oxford
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MSD
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Experimental Psychology
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Publisher:
American Psychological Association Publisher's website
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Psychological Review Journal website
Volume:
125
Issue:
2
Pages:
131-164
Publication date:
2017-12-21
Acceptance date:
2017-10-13
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EISSN:
1939-1471
ISSN:
0033-295X
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735532
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2017-10-16

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