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The logic of moral outrage

  • Eric Luis Uhlmann (a1)


McCullough et al.'s functionalist model of revenge is highly compatible with the person-centered approach to moral judgment, which emphasizes the adaptive manner in which social perceivers derive character information from moral acts. Evidence includes act–person dissociations in which an act is seen as less immoral than a comparison act, yet as a clearer indicator of poor moral character.



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Uhlmann, E. L. & Zhu, L. (under review) Acts, persons, and intuitions: Person-centered cues and gut reactions to harmless transgressions.
Uhlmann, E. L., Zhu, L. & Diermeier, D. (under review a) When actions speak volumes: Person-centered cues and moral outrage over racial bigotry.
Uhlmann, E. L., Zhu, L. & Tannenbaum, D. (under review b) When it takes a bad person to do the right thing.

The logic of moral outrage

  • Eric Luis Uhlmann (a1)


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