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Testing the Explanation Hypothesis using Experimental Methods
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Förklaringshypotesen med hypotesprövande metod (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The Explanation Hypothesis is a psychological hypothesis about how people attribute moral responsibility. The hypothesis makes general claims about everyday thinking of moral responsibility and is also said to have important consequences for related philosophical issues. Since arguments in favor of the hypothesis are largely based on a number of intuitive cases, there is need to investigate whether it is supported by empirical evidence. In this study, the hypothesis was tested by means of quantitative experimental methods. The data were collected by conducting online surveys in which participants were introduced to a number of different scenarios. For each scenario, questions about moral responsibility were asked. Results provide general support for the Explanation Hypothesis and there are therefore more reasons to take its proposed consequences seriously.

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2010. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Moral Psychology, Experimental Philosophy
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-57308ISRN: LIU-IDA/KOGVET-G--10/008—SEOAI: diva2:324835
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2010-06-16 Created: 2010-06-16 Last updated: 2010-06-23Bibliographically approved

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