Behavioral and Brain Sciences



open peer commentary

invisible fences of the moral domain


jonathan haidt a1
a1 department of psychology, university of virginia, charlottesville, va 22904 haidt@virginia.edu http://www.people.virginia.edu/~jdh6n/

Abstract

crossing the border into the moral domain changes moral thinking in two ways: (1) the facts at hand become “anthropocentric” facts not easily open to revision, and (2) moral reasoning is often the servant of moral intuitions, making it difficult for people to challenge their own intuitions. sunstein's argument is sound, but policy makers are likely to resist.