Empirical Moral Psychology in the Philosophy Curriculum

Fri, Feb 14, 2020, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: 
Maeder Hall, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, 86 Olden Street, Princeton NJ.
Audience: 
Open To Princeton students, fellows & faculty
Speaker(s): 

By any measure, contemporary research in moral psychology has been a remarkable success. Psychologists and neuroscientists have reported a vast array of findings and proposed a wide range of theories about the mental processes underlying moral judgment and moral behavior, and have collectively produced extraordinary insights into the moral mind.  It is unclear, however, that moral psychology is equally a pedagogic success:  as with any pathbreaking research, there are challenging questions about how advances in research should inform instruction.  The intensely interdisciplinary nature of moral psychology makes these questions particularly acute, because individual instructors trained in specialized fields may lack comprehensive expertise.  This symposium brings together representatives of the disciplines that have been most involved in the field’s development, philosophy and psychological science, to discuss and debate how research in moral psychology can best be integrated into the curriculum in philosophy. 

Register for this event with Kim Girman at kgirman@princeton.edu.

Symposium Speakers

Kwame Anthony Appiah
New York University

John Doris
Cornell University

Joshua Greene
Harvard University

Adam Lerner
New York University

Tania Lombrozo
Princeton University

Laura Niemi
University of Toronto

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
Duke University

Stephen Stich
Rutgers University

Valerie Tiberius
University of Minnesota

Monique Wonderly
University of California San Diego

Chair

Stephen Stich
Visiting Professor for
Distinguished Teaching,
University Center for Human Values

 

Schedule

9:30 – 9:35 
           Stephen Stich (Rutgers & UCHV), Welcoming Remarks

9:35 – 10:20
           Joshua Greene (Harvard University), Explaining Philosophy

10:20 – 10:30
           Kwame Anthony Appiah (NYU), Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota), and members of the audience, Comments & Questions

10:30 – 10:50
           Adam Lerner (NYU), Empirical Moral Psychology and the Goals of Philosophical Instruction

10:50 – 11:00
           Kwame Anthony Appiah, Valerie Tiberius, and members of the audience, Comments & Questions

11:15 – 11:35
           Laura Niemi (Toronto), Applied Moral Psychology: Why & How

11:35 – 11:45
          Kwame Anthony Appiah, Valerie Tiberius, and members of the audience, Comments & Questions

11:45 – 12:05
          Monique Wonderly (UCSD),  A Tale of Two Courses: Potholes and Progress at the Intersection of Ethics and Empirical Moral Psychology

12:05 – 12:15
          Kwame Anthony Appiah, Valerie Tiberius, and members of the audience, Comments & Questions

1:15 – 1:55
          Tania Lombrozo & Corey Cusimano (Princeton), The Folk  Ethics of Belief

1:55 – 2:05
          Kwame Anthony Appiah, Valerie Tiberius, and members of the audience, Comments & Questions

2:05 – 2:25
          John Doris (Cornell), The Moral Psychology of Business

2:25 – 2:35
          Kwame Anthony Appiah, Valerie Tiberius, and members of the audience, Comments & Questions

2:50 -3:20
          Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke), How to Ask the Right Questions in Moral Psychology

3:20 – 3:30
         Kwame Anthony Appiah, Valerie Tiberius, and members of the audience, Comments & Questions

3:30 – 4:00
        Kwame Anthony Appiah, Valerie Tiberius, all the speakers, and members of the audience, What Have We Learned?