Morality is central to our lives and regulates our behavior even absent external punishment or reward. Because morality is complicated, it is best studied from multiple perspectives and disciplines. We here propose studying morality from the perspective of psychiatry. Moral psychiatry, as we call this new subfield, focuses on mental illnesses whose content is closely related to morality, using psychiatric conditions to illuminate morality. This ultimately sheds light on ordinary moral functioning without unrealistically idealizing our psychology. Scrupulosity is an example of how psychiatric conditions can illuminate morality and test philosophical theories in various ways.
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