Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Education Studies

Title

How can a deontological decision lead to moral behavior? The moderating role of moral identity

Language

English

Abstract

© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Deontology and utilitarianism are two competing principles that guide our moral judgment. Recently, deontology is thought to be intuitive and is based on an error-prone and biased approach, whereas utilitarianism is relatively reflective and a suitable framework for making decision. In this research, the authors explored the relationship among moral identity, moral decision, and moral behavior to see how a preference for the deontological solution can lead to moral behavior. In study 1, a Web-based survey demonstrated that when making decisions, individuals who viewed themselves as moral people preferred deontological ideals to the utilitarian framework. In study 2, the authors investigated the effect of moral identity and moral decision on moral behavior in an experimental study. The results showed that when deontology was coupled with the motivational power of moral identity, individuals were most likely to behave morally.

Keywords

Deontology, Ethical predispositions, Moral behavior, Moral decision, Moral identity, Utilitarianism

Publication Date

2015

Source Publication Title

Journal of Business Ethics

Start Page

1

End Page

13

Publisher

Springer Verlag

DOI

10.1007/s10551-015-2576-6

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-015-2576-6

ISSN (print)

01674544

ISSN (electronic)

15730697

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