What values, if any, is moral psychology based on with regard to what humans should be like? While the value-free ideal of science requires at least the bracketing of values in regards to the conducting of research and influence on its results, this investigation takes seriously the concerns of leading social psychologists that biases may influence the subdiscipline. Textual analyses of moral psychology's literature involving content analysis of codes and cultural discourse analysis of value themes illuminate values involving moral problems and moral goods that may inherently influence research at various levels. It is proposed that values are impossible to eliminate from moral psychological research and that a simple epistemic/nonepistemic value distinction is inadequate for deciding which values are appropriate. A norm of value disclosure to replace the norm of the value-free ideal is recommended.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Starks, Shannon, "Moral Values in Moral Psychology? A Textual Analysis" (2016). All Theses and Dissertations. 6067.
moral psychology, value-free science, bias, content analysis, cultural discourse analysis, epistemic values, ontological dualism