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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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MOREIRA, Luana Vianez  and  SOUZA, Mariane Lima de. Reflexivity about moral actions in adults: a semiotic phenomenological study. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2019, vol.25, n.1, pp. 3-14. ISSN 1809-6867.

The phenomena of conscious reflexivity and morality are attributes unique to the human species, with strong evidence of inseparability and synchrony in their evolutionary history. In order to understand the relationship between reflexivity and moral actions, a qualitative study was carried out, according to the criteria of phenomenology-semiotics, based on anonymous structured interviews conducted on the internet. A total of 363 adults, aged between 21 and 28 years (35%) and 28 and 35 years (27%), 63% were female. The results revealed a thematic context structured in 18 themes and a problematic context composed of the following aspects: processes of mediation and modulation of moral actions; characterization of the agency (personal and internal or normative and external); quandary between personal and social patterns of action (cognitive dissonance); personal senses attributed to moral action (deontological levels of opinion, understood between the ontological level and the stylistic level). It is concluded that reflexivity can exert an influence on moral actions, although not always enough to motivate them, and that an intentional action practiced can exert influence not only on reflexivity, but on the self, especially if it has content moral (or transgressor).

Keywords : Reflexivity; Conscious Perception; Moral Judgment; Semiotic Phenomenology.

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