What sparks ethical decision making? The interplay between moral intuition and moral reasoning: lessons from the scholastic doctrine

Zollo, Lamberto, Pellegrini, Massimiliano M. and Ciappei, Cristiano (2016) What sparks ethical decision making? The interplay between moral intuition and moral reasoning: lessons from the scholastic doctrine. Journal of Business Ethics. ISSN 0167-4544

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Abstract

Recent theories on cognitive science have stressed the significance of moral intuition as a counter to and complementary part of moral reasoning in decision making. Thus, the aim of this paper is to create an integrated framework that can account for both intuitive and reflective cognitive processes, in order to explore the antecedents of ethical decision making. To do that, we build on Scholasticism, an important medieval school of thought from which descends the main pillars of the modern Catholic social doctrine. Particularly, the focus will be on the scholastic concept of synderesis, which is an innate human faculty that constantly inclines decision makers toward universal moral principles. Managerial implications are discussed, stressing how a rediscovery of decision makers’ intuitive moral judgments could be relevant in the reflective thinking practice of managers’ ethical reasoning, thus saving them from rational insensitivity to ethical dilemmas.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Springer Verlag 2016. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-016-3221-8
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethical decision making; Dual processing theory; Intuition; Emotion; Cognition; Synderesis
Subjects: Business and finance
Depositing User: Max Pellegrini
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 12:06
Last Modified: 30 May 2017 02:45
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2642

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