When ignorance is no excuse: Different roles for intent across moral domains.

@article{Young2011WhenII,
  title={When ignorance is no excuse: Different roles for intent across moral domains.},
  author={Liane Young and Rebecca Saxe},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2011},
  volume={120 2},
  pages={202-14}
}
A key factor in legal and moral judgments is intent. Intent differentiates, for instance, murder from manslaughter. Is this true for all moral judgments? People deliver moral judgments of many kinds of actions, including harmful actions (e.g., assault) and purity violations (e.g., incest, consuming taboo substances). We show that intent is a key factor for moral judgments of harm, but less of a factor for purity violations. Based on the agent's innocent intent, participants judged accidental… CONTINUE READING