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The Social Turn in Moral Psychology$
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Mark Fedyk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035569

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035569.001.0001

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The Social and the Psychological Dimensions of Ethics

The Social and the Psychological Dimensions of Ethics

(p.49) 3 The Social and the Psychological Dimensions of Ethics
The Social Turn in Moral Psychology

Mark Fedyk

The MIT Press

This chapter demonstrates that it is possible to separate the social reality of accepting and acting upon a set of moral norms from the psychological reality of doing the same. This distinction is crucial, because it shows that, just as one cannot derive ultimate and proximate explanations from one another, it is likewise not possible to derive psychological conclusions about how knowledge of moral norms are psychologically represented from social descriptions of behaviour enacting the relevant norms.

Keywords:   structural explanations, methodological individualism, psychological explanations, normatively integrated populations, enabling knowledge

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