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Tomasello's tin man of moral obligation needs a heart

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Article numbere64
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/05/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date30/04/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In place of Tomasello's explanation for the source of moral obligation, we suggest that it develops from the concern for others already implicit in the human developmental system. Mutual affection and caring make the development of communication and thinking possible. Humans develop as persons within such relationships and this develops into respect and moral obligation.