Sunday, March 6, 2011

Haidt, moral intuitions, and organs

I wrote once before on this blog about my puzzlement at a question on Jonathan Haidt's moral intuitions test that asks about whether one would be comfortable accepting a blood transfusion from a criminal. Now I find an op-ed in the NYT about states' unwillingness to let executed prisoners donate their organs. Most of the ostensible reasons for the ban given in the column don't seem to make sense. I wonder if something like the moral intuition described in the Haidt test is the real culprit? If it is, let me once again register my bafflement at this form of moral reasoning.

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