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Expectations and morality: A dilemma

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 October 2010

Eric Mandelbaum
Faculty of Philosophy, The Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 1PT, United
David Ripley
Institut Jean Nicod, DEC-ENS, 75005 Paris, France. davewripley@gmail.com


We propose Knobe's explanation of his cases encounters a dilemma: Either his explanation works and, counterintuitively, morality is not at the heart of these effects; or morality is at the heart of the effects and Knobe's explanation does not succeed. This dilemma is then used to temper the use of the Knobe paradigm for discovering moral norms.

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