The fictive pass asymmetry: Condemnation of harm, but not purity, is mitigated by fictional contexts
Sabo, J. 2016. The fictive pass asymmetry: Condemnation of harm, but not purity, is mitigated by fictional contexts. PhD Thesis University of Kent School of Psychology
Is there a double standard when it comes to the moral acceptability of fiction that encourages the imagination of acts that violate moral norms of harm and moral norms of purity? Observations of ethics, legal proceedings, and public reactions to different types of media seems to suggest so. Over six experiments this phenomenon, coined the fictive pass asymmetry, will be tested. The fictive pass asymmetry hypothesis proposes that fictional contexts including imagination, film, and virtual environments, will mitigate the condemnation of harm code violations more so than purity code violations. In other words, fictional representations of harm are given a “fictive pass” in moral condemnation, but the fictional representation of purity code violations that involve an abnormal use of one’s body are denied a pass, and thus evaluated more similarly across real and fictional contexts.
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