Posts tagged with 'Utilitarianism'

New York Times - Our moral tongue: Moral judgments depend on what language we're speaking

New York Times

Our moral tongue: Moral judgments depend on what language we're speaking

June 20th, 2014

ON June 20, 2003, employees of the Union Pacific Railroad faced a difficult decision as a runaway train headed toward downtown Los Angeles: Should they divert the train to a side track, knowing it would derail and hit homes in the less populated city of Commerce, Calif.? Did the moral imperative to minimize overall harm outweigh the moral imperative not to intentionally harm an innocent suburb?...

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Le Monde - Le langage de nos émotions

Le Monde

Le langage de nos émotions

Mai 20, 2014

La place des émotions dans la raison suscite un débat philosophique et psychologique depuis l'Antiquité. Une tendance dominante, incarnée par exemple par le sociologue allemand Norbert Elias dans son livre La Civilisation des moeurs (Pocket, 2003), considère que la civilisation consiste à remplacer progressivement l'honneur par la prudence, la vengeance par la justice, la partialité aux clans par l'impartialité, les émotions par la raison.

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The Economist - Gained in translation: When moral dilemmas are posed in a foreign language, people become more coolly utilitarian

The Economist

Gained in translation: When moral dilemmas are posed in a foreign language, people become more coolly utilitarian

May 17th, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal - Moral decisions may depend on your language

The Wall Street Journal

Moral decisions may depend on your language

May 12th, 2014

Faced with a moral dilemma, people make more pragmatic, hard-nosed decisions if they're speaking in a language other than their native tongue, says a study in PLOS One...

To read more, follow the link to the Wall Street Journal article here

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