Purity is linked to cooperation but not necessarily through self-control

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 46:e311 (2023)
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Fitouchi et al. claim that seemingly victimless pleasures and nonproductive activities are moralized because they alter self-control. Their account predicts that: (1) victimless excesses are negatively moralized because they diminish self-control, and (2) restrained behaviors are positively moralized because they enhance self-control. Several examples run contrary to these predictions and call into question the general relationship between self-control and cooperation.

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Samuel Murray
Providence College
Santiago Amaya
University of the Andes


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