Non-mutualistic morality

Sonya Sachdeva, Rumen Iliev, Douglas L Medin

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Although mutually advantageous cooperative strategies might be an apt account of some societies, other moral systems might be needed among certain groups and contexts. In particular, in a duty-based moral system, people do not behave morally with an expectation for proportional reward, but rather, as a fulfillment of debt owed to others. In such systems, mutualistic motivations are not necessarily a key component of morality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-100
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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