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How the Source, Inevitability and Means of Bringing About Harm Interact in Folk-Moral Judgments

Huebner, Bryce; Hauser, Marc; Pettit, Philip

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Means-based harms are frequently seen as forbidden, even when they lead to a greater good. But, are there mitigating factors? Results from five experiments show that judgments about means-based harms are modulated by: 1) Pareto considerations (was the harmed person made worse off?), 2) the directness of physical contact, and 3) the source of the threat (e.g. mechanical, human, or natural). Pareto harms are more permissible than non-Pareto harms, Pareto harms requiring direct physical contact...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/78536
Source: Mind and Language
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2011.01416.x

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