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Immanent Justice Reasoning

Callan, Mitchell J and Sutton, Robbie M and Harvey, Annelie J and Dawtry, Rael J (2014) 'Immanent Justice Reasoning.' In: Olson, James M and Zanna, Mark P, (eds.) Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. Elsevier, 105 - 161. ISBN 9780128000526

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Immanent justice reasoning involves causally attributing a deserved outcome to someone’s prior moral deeds or character, even when such a causal connection is physically implausible. This chapter describes a body of work showing that immanent justice reasoning is (a) motivated, in part, by the need to construe outcomes as deserved; (b) driven by intuitive more than controlled mental processes; and (c) more openly expressed among individuals who believe in supernatural phenomena. This review also documents several additional lines of inquiry exploring key assumptions about the nature, origins, and functions of immanent justice reasoning, including immanent justice reasoning for self-relevant fortuitous outcomes, the social-communicative function of immanent justice reasoning, and the interplay between immanent justice and normative causal reasoning. Early research portrayed immanent justice reasoning as unique to children, but this chapter identifies several conditions under which it is predictably displayed by adults. Immanent justice reasoning serves important psychological functions in adulthood, and is underpinned by reasoning processes and metaphysical assumptions that are not put away when children become adults.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Immanent justice reasoning, Moral reasoning, Causal reasoning, Magical thinking, Just world theory, Justice motivation, Deservingness, Social communication, Intuitive thinking, Religiosity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2014 13:50
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2018 11:15

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