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Small-scale societies exhibit fundamental variation in the role of intentions in moral judgment

Barrett, H Clark; Bolyanatz, Alexander H; Crittenden, Alyssa N; Fessler, Daniel M. T.; Fitzpatrick, Simon; Gurven, Michael; Henrich, Joseph; Kanovsky, Martin; Kushnick, Geoff; Pisor, Anne C; Scelza, Brooke A; Stich, Stephen; von Rueden, Christopher; Zhao, Wanying; Laurence, Stephen


Intent and mitigating circumstances play a central role in moral and legal assessments in large-scale industrialized societies. Although these features of moral assessment are widely assumed to be universal, to date, they have only been studied in a narrow range of societies. We show that there is substantial cross-cultural variation among eight traditional small-scale societies (ranging from hunter-gatherer to pastoralist to horticulturalist) and two Western societies (one urban, one rural)...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1522070113
Access Rights: Open Access


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