The Mismeasure of Morals
August 20, 2011 10:03 AM Subscribe
People with antisocial personality traits are more likely to have utilitarian ethics
posted by DRMacIver (68 comments total)
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From the abstract:
a study in which participants responded to a battery of personality assessments and a set of dilemmas that pit utilitarian and non-utilitarian options against each other. Participants who indicated greater endorsement of utilitarian solutions had higher scores on measures of Psychopathy, machiavellianism, and life meaninglessness.
The authors also make the conclusion that "These results question the widely-used methods by which lay moral judgments are evaluated, as these approaches lead to the counterintuitive conclusion that those individuals who are least prone to moral errors also possess a set of psychological characteristics that many would consider prototypically immoral", which I don't necessarily agree with, but the results of the study are still interesting.