Rational Learners and Moral Rules

@inproceedings{Nichols2016RationalLA,
  title={Rational Learners and Moral Rules},
  author={Shaun Nichols and Shikhar Kumar and Theresa Lopez and Andrew G. Ayars and Hoi Yee Chan},
  year={2016}
}
People draw subtle distinctions in the normative domain. But it remains unclear exactly what gives rise to such distinctions. On one prominent approach, emotion systems trigger non-utilitarian judgments. The main alternative, inspired by Chomskyan linguistics, suggests that moral distinctions derive from an innate moral grammar. In this article, we draw on Bayesian learning theory to develop a rational learning account. We argue that the ‘size principle’, which is implicated in word learning… CONTINUE READING
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