Addressing Social and Ecological Degradation through Education
Chapter 5. Social Influence and Individual Difference
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SOCIAL INFLUENCE AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCE
So convenient a thing is it to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do. (Benjamin Franklin as cited in Haidt, 2006, p. 66)
Just as empathy as a prosocial motive has limitations, so does moral principle. I choose to believe that very few humans deliberately engage in antisocial behavior or otherwise deliberately cause harm to one another without justification (see the section “Outlying Behavior”). Instead, I believe that the process of moral development, in the context of social norms, influences the primacy of conflicting moral principles, conception of moral encounters, and moral judgments and actions.
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