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« Do Moral Beliefs Motivate Action? »

Dernier article de Rodrigo Diaz, intitulé « Do Moral Beliefs Motivate Action?« , paru dans Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.


Do moral beliefs motivate action? To answer this question, extant arguments have considered hypothetical cases of association (dissociation) between agents’ moral beliefs and actions. In this paper, I argue that this approach can be improved by studying people’s actual moral beliefs and actions using empirical research methods. I present three new studies showing that, when the stakes are high, associations between participants’ moral beliefs and actions are actually explained by co-occurring but independent moral emotions. These findings suggest that moral beliefs themselves have little or no motivational force, supporting the Humean picture of moral motivation.