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  • Kids and Moral Agency

    May 8th, 2020
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    We were having some sort of discussion where the idea of a "moral agent" came up, and Lily asked what one was. I described the idea, including something along the lines of "if it hurts you is that it's fault?", and then asked her what counted. Her answers, with my ordering:

    • Rock: no
    • Ocean: no
    • Tree: no
    • Ants: no
    • Pigs: no
    • Monkeys: no
    • Babies: sort of
    • Morgan (9m cousin): sort of
    • Felix (18m cousin): in between
    • Oli (3y cousin): yes
    • Anna (4y sister): yes
    • Ruthie: yes
    • Fairies: yes
    • Anna pretending to be a baby: yes

    I'm curious whether adults would give the same answers, or whether adults would typically consider moral agency to start later?

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