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Consensus Statement on Morality

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A joint statement from several moral philosophers in 2010 on what they believed to be the basic tenants of morality.

  • Morality is a natural and cultural phenomenon
  • The building blocks of morality are innate
  • Moral judgements are often made intuitively
  • Conscious moral reasoning plays multiple roles in our lives
  • Moral judgements and behavior are often at odds
  • There is no single part of the brain responsible for morality
  • Morality varies across individuals and cultures
  • Moral systems support human flourishing to varying degrees
    • Different systems support different levels of trust, cooperation, and promotion of values. On this basis it's possible to make judgements between moral systems.