Moral demands truly are externally imposed

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Most moral demands indeed are externally imposed, as violations are subject to social condemnation. While in modern society objectified moral demands may serve as a cue for desirable interaction partners, human morality evolved in small tribes that offered little choice regarding with whom to cooperate. Instead, it was adaptive to objectify moral demands to avoid the costs of social exclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere115
Pages (from-to)e115
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2018


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