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PHIL 6631 Science, Brains and Ethics (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course examines recent work in psychology and neuroscience to determine what, if any, relevance this work has for moral philosophy. We will read works by Alva Noe, Jonathan Haidt, Christian Miller, Daniel Khaneman, and others. Some of the questions we will consider include: Can images of the brain tell us something important about moral decision making? Do empirical studies undermine the idea of stable character traits? Is it possible for empirical research to justify one normative theory over another? Might the empirical sciences one day replace traditional moral theorizing?

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Micah Lott

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17