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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2017

Authors: Monso, S

Title: Morality Without Mindreading.

Source: Mind Lang. 2017; 32(3): 338-357.



Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Monso Gil Susana

Vetmed Research Units
Messerli Research Institute, Ethics and Human-Animal Studies


Abstract:
Can animals behave morally if they can't mindread Does morality require mindreading capacities Moral psychologists believe that mindreading is contingently involved in moral judgements. Moral philosophers argue that moral behaviour necessarily requires the possession of mindreading capacities. In this paper, I argue that while the former may be right, the latter are mistaken. Using the example of empathy, I show that animals with no mindreading capacities could behave on the basis of emotions that possess an identifiable moral content. Therefore, at least one type of moral motivation does not require mindreading. This means that, a priori, non-mindreading animals can be moral.


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