Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

The social origin and moral nature of human thinking

Jeremy I. M. Carpendalea1, Stuart I. Hammonda1 and Charlie Lewisa2

a1 Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6, Canada.

a2 Department of Psychology, Fylde College, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YF, United Kingdom.


Knobe's laudable conclusion that we make sense of our social world based on moral considerations requires a development account of human thought and a theoretical framework. We outline a view that such a moral framework must be rooted in social interaction.

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