Do framing effects make moral intuitions unreliable?

Philosophical Psychology 29 (1):1-22 (2016)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
I address Sinnott-Armstrong's argument that evidence of framing effects in moral psychology shows that moral intuitions are unreliable and therefore not noninferentially justified. I begin by discussing what it is to be epistemically unreliable and clarify how framing effects render moral intuitions unreliable. This analysis calls for a modification of Sinnott-Armstrong's argument if it is to remain valid. In particular, he must claim that framing is sufficiently likely to determine the content of moral intuitions. I then re-examine the evidence which is supposed to support this claim. In doing so, I provide a novel suggestion for how to analyze the reliability of intuitions in empirical studies. Analysis of the evidence suggests that moral intuitions subject to framing effects are in fact much more reliable than perhaps was thought, and that Sinnott-Armstrong has not succeeded in showing that noninferential justification has been defeated.
Reprint years
2016
PhilPapers/Archive ID
DEMDFE-2
Upload history
Archival date: 2016-07-28
View other versions
Added to PP index
2014-12-14

Total views
660 ( #6,483 of 54,532 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
77 ( #7,746 of 54,532 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.