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The case of the drunken sailor: on the generalizable wrongness of harmful transgressions

(2012) THINKING & REASONING. 18(2). p.183-195
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There is a widespread conviction that people distinguish two kinds of acts: on the one hand, acts that are generalisably wrong because they go against universal principles of harm, justice, or rights; on the other hand, acts that are variably right or wrong depending on the social context. In this paper we criticise existing methods that measure generalisability. We report new findings indicating that a modification of generalisability measures is in order. We discuss our findings in light of recent criticisms of moral/conventional research.
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Transgression, Social cognition, Harm, Morality, Moral/conventional distinction

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Quintelier, Katinka, Daniel MT Fessler, and Delphine De Smet. 2012. “The Case of the Drunken Sailor: On the Generalizable Wrongness of Harmful Transgressions.” Thinking & Reasoning 18 (2): 183–195.
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Quintelier, Katinka, Fessler, D. M., & De Smet, D. (2012). The case of the drunken sailor: on the generalizable wrongness of harmful transgressions. THINKING & REASONING, 18(2), 183–195.
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Quintelier K, Fessler DM, De Smet D. The case of the drunken sailor: on the generalizable wrongness of harmful transgressions. THINKING & REASONING. 2012;18(2):183–95.
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Quintelier, Katinka, Daniel MT Fessler, and Delphine De Smet. “The Case of the Drunken Sailor: On the Generalizable Wrongness of Harmful Transgressions.” THINKING & REASONING 18.2 (2012): 183–195. Print.
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  abstract     = {There is a widespread conviction that people distinguish two kinds of acts: on the one hand, acts that are generalisably wrong because they go against universal principles of harm, justice, or rights; on the other hand, acts that are variably right or wrong depending on the social context. In this paper we criticise existing methods that measure generalisability. We report new findings indicating that a modification of generalisability measures is in order. We discuss our findings in light of recent criticisms of moral/conventional research.},
  author       = {Quintelier, Katinka and Fessler, Daniel MT and De Smet, Delphine},
  issn         = {1354-6783},
  journal      = {THINKING \& REASONING},
  keyword      = {Transgression,Social cognition,Harm,Morality,Moral/conventional distinction},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {183--195},
  title        = {The case of the drunken sailor: on the generalizable wrongness of harmful transgressions},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13546783.2012.669738},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2012},
}

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