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2011 - MoralPsychology: Morality?Whocares...

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Moral Psychology: The Science of Good and Evil 18:15 Morality? Who cares? Often first response is to dismiss any claims of right or wrong “I don’t believe in morality” such extreme relativism is actually quite rare and psychologically difficult Abortion, war in iraq, cheating on your taxes, drug use, vegetarianism We are Moral Creatures What is is about human morality that is so captivating to us? Wa not only care about what we believe in and how we act—we care about how  strangers act These are not like other attitudes Female genital mutilation? Example: Moral diversity is troubling Diversity is cherishd and often sought after (esp. in American colleges) 3 studies found that diversity of the moral type makes people uncomfortable What can science tell us about morality? It cannot tell us  what  to believe Naturalistic fallacy: is does not mean ought Example: evolution & rape Science is interested in what morality “is” Must stay at descriptive level It can shed light on  why  we believe what we believe in
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Reason, Emotion, and Culture Social psychology  is especially well-suited to provide answers to the question of why we  are moral Reasoning in social contexts The way we think is deeply affected by social situations Emotion and judgment Human cognition is very unlike a computer b/c of emotion Cross cultural research Why are there cultural differences in human cognition attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors? But moral psychology has long been dominated by developmental psychologists (see  ppt) Affected how social psychologists study morals How do we go from being amoral and selfish children to moral adults?
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