Moral Psychology and Human Agency: Philosophical Essays on the Science of Ethics

Hardcover | October 29, 2014

EditorJustin DArms, Daniel Jacobson

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These ten original essays examine the moral and philosophical implications of developments in the science of ethics, the growing movement that seeks to use recent empirical findings to answer long-standing ethical questions. Efforts to make moral psychology a thoroughly empirical disciplinehave divided philosophers along methodological fault lines, isolating discussions that will profit more from intellectual exchange. This volume takes an even-handed approach, including essays from advocates of empirical ethics as well as those who are sceptical of some of its central claims. Some of these essays make novel use of empirical findings to develop philosophical research programs regarding such crucial moral phenomena as desire, emotion, and memory. Others bring new critical scrutiny to bear on some of the most influential proposals of the empirical ethics movement, includingthe claim that evolution undermines moral realism, the effort to recruit a dual-process model of the mind to support consequentialism against other moral theories, and the claim that ordinary evaluative judgments are seldom if ever sensitive to reasons, because moral reasoning is merely the post hocrationalization of unthinking emotional response.

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These ten original essays examine the moral and philosophical implications of developments in the science of ethics, the growing movement that seeks to use recent empirical findings to answer long-standing ethical questions. Efforts to make moral psychology a thoroughly empirical disciplinehave divided philosophers along methodological...

Justin D'Arms and Daniel Jacobson are Professors of Philosophy at Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, respectively. They have co-authored ten papers on issues surrounding morality and the emotions, and the sentimentalist tradition in ethics. Their work has been published in a variety of distinguished journals and edi...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Justin D'Arms and Daniel Jacobson: Introduction2. Guy Kahane: Intuitive and Counterintuitive Morality3. Brendan Dill and Stephen Darwall: Moral Psychology as Accountability4. David Shoemaker: Remnants of Character5. Heidi Maibom: Knowing What We Are Doing6. Julia Driver: Meta-Cognition, Mind-Reading, and Humean Moral Agency7. Shaun Nichols: The Episodic Sense of Self8. Andrea Scarantino: The Motivational Theory of Emotions9. Timothy Schroeder and Nomy Arpaly: The Reward Theory of Desire in Moral Psychology10. Selim Berker: Does Evolutionary Psychology Show That Normativity Is Mind-Dependent?11. Justin D'Arms and Daniel Jacobson: Sentimentalism and ScientismIndex