The theory of moral neuroscience

November 28, 2007

[E]mpathy works to prompt us to help our neighbors but attenuates with social distance. That we should be but little interested, therefore, in the fortune of those whom we can neither serve nor hurt, and who are in every respect so very remote from us, seems wisely ordered by Nature. Wisely ordered or not, modern neuroscience is showing that Nature has so ordered our moral intuitions. But we do not have to be the slaves of our evolved moral intuitions. By showing us the neural workings of our moral sense, neuroscience is giving us the tools to understand and improve our moral choices.

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