Innate valuation, existential framing, and one head for multiple moral hats

Behav Brain Sci. 2018 Jan;41:e38. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X17000632.


We support John Doris's criticism of "reflectivism" but identify three shortcomings: (1) his neglect of humans' evolved predispositions and tendencies, (2) his failure to appreciate that identity and responsibility arise first from parsing our world ontologically, in a process we call "existential framing," and (3) a potentially alarming implication of his "dialogic" model of identity formation: if identity is negotiated across diverse social situations, why isn't dissociative identity disorder more common?

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Morals*
  • Social Behavior*