How Disgust Becomes Law
Forthcoming in The Moral Psychology of Disgust, eds. Nina Strohminger & Victor Kumar, Rowman & Littlefield (2018)
27 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2017
Date Written: August 24, 2017
This chapter provides a psychological examination of the many ways in which disgust permeates the law. Using an evolutionary lens, the chapter explores the various adaptive functions of disgust, and shows how those functions can be co-opted by psychological systems designed to generate and enforce moral norms. In doing so, the chapter also provides an explanation for why and how many of the behaviors we view as "disgusting" tend to become behaviors we label "wrong."
Keywords: evolutionary analysis in law, legal theory, disgust and the law, law and psychology, behavioral biology, morality, evolutionary psychology
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