Moral psychology

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Some of the topics and papers referred to her don't seem to have a very direct relationship with effective altruism. Should such topics be included, or should these entries focus on topics more directly related to effective altruism?

In general, I think topics that have no clear reference to EA should not be discussed. But I would imagine that this may be sometimes necessary because otherwise the treatment of the subject of the entry may look unacceptably incomplete or fragmentary. In these cases, one may want to briefly discuss those topics and then zoom in selectively on the EA-relevant ones. I'll try to keep this issue in mind and update as we stumble upon other cases where it arises.

In this particular example, I think it makes sense to keep Bob's list, since it serves to characterize the discipline, and then we can cover in detail the relevant ones. I don't think it makes much sense to keep references for the non-relevant topics, though. (But I believe you already removed those.)

No, I haven't removed any references, but I agree that it's better to remove references that aren't directly related to EA.

I think it would be good if this article was integrated with the psychology of effective altruism article.

Here is a potential alternative article.

"Moral psychology is the study of how people think and feel about moral issues. It is a field of study in both philosophy and psychology, and covers many topics, including childhood moral development, how people reason about moral issues, and the evolutionary roots of morality.

Effective altruists have taken a special interest in some applied topics in moral psychology. They include the psychology of effective giving (Caviola et al. 2014; Caviola, Schubert & Nemirow 2020; Burum, Nowak & Hoffman 2020; Caviola, Schubert & Greene 2021); the psychology of existential risk (Schubert, Caviola & Faber 2019), and the psychology of speciesism (Caviola 2019; Caviola, Everett & Faber 2019; Caviola & Capraro 2020). See psychology of effective altruism for more details."

Note that I've just copy-pasted the penultimate sentence from the psychology of effective altruism article (I also cut some of it in order not to make that sentence overly long.)

I included some Wikipedia-links in the first paragraph; if you don't think that's  a good idea, then please remove them.

Thanks, and sorry for the delay.

I've now merged the two articles. The other article should be deleted; but since deleting an entry also removes its associated comments thread, I will leave it up for a week or so, in order to allow others to decide if they want to preserve some of the content in those comments.

(I don't have a strong opinion on whether the article should be called moral psychology, psychology of effective altruism, or something else. But it looks like we should have just one article, regardless of what we call it.)

Thanks, makes sense.