Order Ethics and Situationist Psychology

  • Michael von GrundherrEmail author


We tend to belief that people lie because they are dishonest or that they give money to the poor because they are generous. So-called situationists hold that explanations of this kind are unjustified. Based on a series of experiments, they argue that counter to intuitions situations are important determinants of human behaviour, while individual traits are less influential. Order ethics makes a related normative claim, arguing that moral behaviour can only be demanded in certain types of (institutionally shaped) situations. I will argue that situationist social psychology can indeed provide empirical backup for order ethics.


Moral Disengagement Moral Behaviour Moral Rule Individual Disposition Psychological Disposition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center for Neurophilosophy and Ethics of NeuroscienceLMU MunichMunichGermany

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