Mapping Morality with a Compass: Testing the theory of ‘morality as cooperation’ with a new questionnaire

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Scott Curry, Oliver, Jones Chesters, M. and Van Lissa, Caspar J. 2018. Mapping Morality with a Compass: Testing the theory of ‘morality as cooperation’ with a new questionnaire. Journal of Research in Personality. 78, pp. 106-124.
AuthorsScott Curry, Oliver, Jones Chesters, M. and Van Lissa, Caspar J.
Abstract

Morality-as-Cooperation (MAC) is the theory that morality is a collection of biological and cultural solutions to the problems of cooperation recurrent in human social life. MAC uses game theory to identify distinct types of cooperation, and predicts that each will be considered morally relevant, and each will give rise to a distinct moral domain. Here we test MAC's predictions by developing a new self-report measure of morality, the Morality-as-Cooperation Questionnaire (MAC-Q), and comparing its psychometric properties to those of the Moral Foundations Questionnaire (MFQ). Over four studies, the results support MAC's seven-factor model of morality, but not the MFQ's five-factor model. Thus MAC emerges as the best available compass with which to explore the moral landscape.

JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Journal citation78, pp. 106-124
ISSN0092-6566
Year2018
PublisherElsevier
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2018.10.008
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2018.10.008
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Online28 Oct 2018
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Deposited29 Oct 2018
Accepted25 Oct 2018
Accepted25 Oct 2018
FunderJohn Fell Oxford University Press Research Fund
Economic and Social Research Council
Sixth Framework Programme
John Fell Oxford University Press Research Fund
Economic and Social Research Council
Sixth Framework Programme
Copyright information© 2018 The authors.
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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