Autism, episodic memory, and moral exemplars

Philosophical Psychology 29 (6):858-870 (2016)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
This paper presents a challenge for exemplar theories of moral concepts. Some have proposed that we acquire moral concepts by way of exemplars of actions that are prohibited as well as of actions that are required, and we classify newly encountered actions based on their similarity to these exemplars. Judgments of permissibility then follow from these exemplar-based classifications. However, if this were true, then we would expect that individuals who lacked, or were deficient in, the capacity to form or access exemplars of this kind would be similarly deficient in the ability to classify new actions according to them, and this relative inability would be manifested in the moral judgments made by such individuals. However, there is reason to suspect, I think, that a number of individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder actually have the deficiencies I have described here but are nevertheless fully able to make sound moral judgments. If this is so, then it must be th...
PhilPapers/Archive ID
STOAEM
Upload history
Archival date: 2015-11-21
View other versions
Added to PP index
2015-11-11

Total views
357 ( #12,685 of 51,631 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
34 ( #17,216 of 51,631 )

How can I increase my downloads?

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