Immorality East and West: Are Immoral Behaviors Especially Harmful, or Especially Uncivilized?

  title={Immorality East and West: Are Immoral Behaviors Especially Harmful, or Especially Uncivilized?},
  author={Emma E Buchtel and Yanjun Guan and Qin Peng and Yanjie Su and Biao Sang and Sylvia Xiaohua Chen and Michael Harris Bond},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  volume={41 10},
What makes some acts immoral? Although Western theories of morality often define harmful behaviors as centrally immoral, whether this is applicable to other cultures is still under debate. In particular, Confucianism emphasizes civility as fundamental to moral excellence. We describe three studies examining how the word immoral is used by Chinese and Westerners. Layperson-generated examples were used to examine cultural differences in which behaviors are called "immoral" (Study 1, n = 609… CONTINUE READING

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