Vol. 42 No. 2 (2022): New challenges in decision-making processes

Models of moral decision-making: Recent advances and normative relevance

Published 2022-12-24


  • dual-process,
  • moral cognition,
  • reinforcement learning,
  • intuition,
  • consequentialism

How to Cite

Bina, F. (2022). Models of moral decision-making: Recent advances and normative relevance. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 42(2), 201–214. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v42i2.166


In the last decades, research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience fueled a rich debate about i) the main mechanisms underlying human (moral) decision-making and ii) their reliability. In this paper, I first make clear that the emotion/reason distinction should be set aside, although this does not imply casting doubt on dual-process models in general. To support this idea, I discuss a dual-process framework for moral decision-making informed by computational models of reinforcement learning. I finally consider some normative implications of this research, stressing their procedural, rather than substantive, nature.