Moral Questions and Amoral Answers: Who Decides?


  • The authors would like to thank William Kurtines for his helpful suggestions on this commentary.

concerning this work should be addressed to Robin A. Quinn, Department of Psychology, Memphis State University, Memphis, TN 38152.


ABSTRACT Researchers have examined moral thought using selected philosophical standards without showing that such standards represent moral thinking. Recently, we examined the extent to which assumed standards actually organize moral knowledge (Quinn, Houts, & Graesser, this issue). We found dimensions not accounted for by previous theories. In his response (this issue), Shaffer misrepresents the aims of our research, and he overlooks the implications of assessing naturalistic rather than prescribed dimensions of morality.