Ethics and Justice

In their recent article “The Good, the Bad, and the Just: Justice Sensitivity Predicts Neural Response during Moral Evaluation of Actions Performed by Others” on Journal of Neuroscience K. J. Yoder and J. Decety address the way our brains cope with Justice. It seems Justice is a human reason realm, and not a human emotion one. More than a century ago William James indicated the ethic choice as one of the most relevant example of human brain selection abilities. As we know today, thanks to the same James, but more recently to Antonio Damasio and other scientists investigating on human emotions, emotions equip humans with an extraordinarily advanced mechanism of choice. We expected coping with ethics, matter of artists and philosophers, would make an intensive use of such a marbelous mechanism. Thus… what’s wrong?

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