Title
Neither moralists, nor scientists : we are counterfactually reasoning animalsNeither moralists, nor scientists : we are counterfactually reasoning animals
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Research group
Centre for Philosophical Psychology
Publication type
article
Publication
Cambridge,
Subject
Philosophy
Psychology
Biology
Source (journal)
Behavioral and brain sciences. - Cambridge, 1978, currens
Volume/pages
33(2010):4, p. 347-348
ISSN
0140-525X
1469-1825
ISI
000284381100053
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We are neither scientists nor moralists. Our mental capacities (such as attributing intentionality) are neither akin to the scientist's exact reasoning, nor are they suffused through and through with moral considerations (Knobe's target article, sect. 2.2, last para.). They are more similar to all those simple capacities that humans and animals are equally capable of, but with enhanced sensitivity to counterfactual situations: of what could have been.
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