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Title: Moral Perception: seeing the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Author: González Arias, Lucía
Director/Tutor: Toribio Mateas, Josefa
Keywords: Ciència cognitiva
Percepció (Filosofia)
Treballs de fi de màster
Cognitive science
Perception (Philosophy)
Master's thesis
Issue Date: 2023
Abstract: Attentional moral perception (AMP) is the most recent and less-controversial version of moral perceptualism, the claim that we can represent moral properties such as being right or wrong in perception. AMP features an attentional, albeit perceptual sensitivity to moral difference-makers that need not involve the perceptual representation of the moral properties themselves. In this essay, I examine the empirical and theoretical basis of this proposal, delving into the methodological imprecisions and problematic implications that comes with endorsing it. On the empirical side, I cast doubt on the validity of the data and the fitness of the experimental designs typically invoked to defend the view. On the theoretical side, I articulate a more controlled example and, borrowing a classic argument from Speaks (2010), I argue that AMP ultimately needs to commit to phenomenologically rich ‘attentional states’ and renounce the transparency of perception. Clinical and evolutive aspects of AMP are also discussed.
Note: Treballs Finals del Màster en Ciència Cognitiva i Llenguatge, Facultat de Filosofia, Universitat de Barcelona, Curs: 2022-2023, Tutor: Josefa Toribio Mateas
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