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The objectivity of moral norms is a top-down cultural construct.

Authors
  • Voorhees, Burton
  • Read, Dwight
  • Gabora, Liane
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Source
Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2011, Hull, UK
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Abstract

Encultured individuals see the behavioral rules of cultural systems of moral norms as objective. In addition to prescriptive regulation of behavior, moral norms provide templates, scripts, and scenarios regulating the expression of feelings and triggered emotions arising from perceptions of norm violation. These allow regulated defensive responses that may arise as moral idea systems co-opt emotionally associated biological survival instincts.

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