Biases for Evil and Moral Perfection

Hans Van Eyghen*

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Abstract

I argue that deeply ingrained dispositions to do evil do not render moral perfection impossible. I discuss various accounts of moral perfection and the evidence from cognitive (neuro)science that points towards a strong disposition for evil. Afterwards, I discuss three strategies that can allow humans to overcome their evil dispositions. These are: cognitive enhancement, avoiding triggering situations and structural solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number521
Number of pages13
JournalReligions
Volume12
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • cognitive bias
  • evil
  • moral perfection
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • EVOLUTION

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