Nature of ethical thinking: modern researches review

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The results of modern natural-scientific and interdisciplinary studies of moral thinking are examined in this paper. In the course of numerous experiments it was revealed that the certain neurophysiological specificity of individual brain cortex parts сorrelates with certain aspects of moral thinking and behavior. This allows to suppose that moral thinking has not only social but biological grounds, and itself represents both conscious and unconscious brain structures. As a result of natural-scientific researches the notion of relation between emotional and rational components of morality is transformed and essentially new approach to moral studies is formed.

D S Akimova
Lomonosov Moscow State University

Ethics chair Philosophical faculty

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