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The divided we and multiple obligations

Franks, Bradley and Stewart, Andrew (2020) The divided we and multiple obligations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 43. ISSN 0140-525X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0140525X19002553


Tomasello's account of the origins and nature of moral obligation rightly emphasises the key roles of social relations and a cooperative sense of "we." However, we suggest that it overlooks the complexity of those social relations and the resulting prevalence of a divided "we" in moral social groups. We argue that the social identity dynamics that arise can lead to competing obligations in a single group, and this has implications for the evolution of obligation.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 14:24
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:50

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