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The role of religiosity in ultimate and immanent justice reasoning

Harvey, AJ and Callan, MJ (2014) 'The role of religiosity in ultimate and immanent justice reasoning.' Personality and Individual Differences, 56 (1). 193 - 196. ISSN 0191-8869

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Religious teachings endorse notions of ultimate justice (a misfortune is compensated in the long run) and immanent justice (a misfortune is caused by previous misdeeds). The current research examined whether individual differences in observers' religiosity moderated ultimate and immanent justice reasoning in response to an unfortunate accident that occurred to either a good or bad person. Results showed that participants higher in religiosity perceived greater ultimate justice for the victim regardless of his moral worth. Participants higher in religiosity engaged in greater immanent justice reasoning when the victim was bad, but not when he was good. Perceived deservingness of the accident mediated the effect of the victim's moral worth on immanent justice attributions more strongly among participants higher in religiosity. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
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 08:44
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 18:16

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