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Moral Psychology

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Moral psychology is the study of psychological aspects of ethical abilities.

Structure of this course

Course Structure


Part 1: psychological underpinnings of ethical abilities

What ethical abilities do humans have? What states and processes underpin them?

Part 2: political consequences

What, if anything, do discoveries about ethical abilities imply for political conflict?

Part 3: implications for ethics

What, if anything, do scientific discoveries tell us about ethics?

There will also be a little on the evolution, and the development, of ethical abilities along the way. And we will also explore a little of the research on cultural diversity.

‘Science can advance ethics by revealing the hidden inner workings of our moral judgments [..] Once those inner workings are revealed we may have less confidence in some of [...] the ethical theories that are explicitly or implicitly based on them’

Greene, 2014 pp. 695--6

Assessment and Seminars


Any questions? Email me or ask on the Moral Psychology team (there’s a link by this video).