How Disgust Becomes Law

in The Moral Psychology of Disgust (Nina Strohminger & Victor Kumar, eds., Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)

27 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2017 Last revised: 21 May 2020

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Carlton Patrick

University of Central Florida

Debra Lieberman

University of Miami

Date Written: August 24, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Patrick, Carlton and Lieberman, Debra, How Disgust Becomes Law (August 24, 2017). in The Moral Psychology of Disgust (Nina Strohminger & Victor Kumar, eds., Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3025885

Carlton Patrick (Contact Author)

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Debra Lieberman

University of Miami ( email )

Coral Gables, FL 33124
United States

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