Journal article

The sense of moral obligation facilitates information agency and culture

Heather M Maranges, Roy F Baumeister, Kathleen D Vohs

Behavioral and Brain Sciences | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


Tomasello argues that humans' sense of moral obligation emerges early in development, relies on a shared "we," and serves as the foundation of cooperation. This perspective complements our theoretical view of the human self as information agent. The shared "we" promotes not only proximal cooperative goals but also distal ones via the construction of shared understanding - it promotes culture.