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Session 3: Deliberation

Dec 3, 2010

Rational Deliberation

Understanding the role of rational deliberation in the light of current cognitive neuroscience and the relationship between deliberation, judgment, intention, and action.

Main readings

Sterba, J. P. 2008. Completing the Kantian Project: From Rationality to Equality. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 82(2):47-82.

Greene, J. D. 2007. The secret joke of Kant’s soul, in Moral Psychology, Vol. 3: The Neuroscience of Morality: Emotion, Disease, and Development, W. Sinnott-Armstrong, Ed., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

Recommended reading:

Berker, Selim. 2009. The Normative Insignificance of Neuroscience. Philosophy and Public Affairs 37(4): 293-329

Greene, J.D. 2003. From neural “is” to moral “ought”: what are the moral implications of neuroscientific moral psychology?  Nature Reviews Neuroscience 4: 847-850.

Greene, J.D. 2009. The cognitive neuroscience of moral judgment, in The Cognitive Neurosciences IV. M.S. Gazzaniga (Ed.)  MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

Does moral action depend on reasoning? Thirteen views on the question. 2010. A Templeton Conversation.

Supplementary Reading:
Audi, R. 1990. Weakness of Will and Rational Action. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 68 (3):270 – 281.

Cuneo, T. 2002. Reconciling Realism with Humeanism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 80: 465-86.

Cushman, F., L. Young and M. Hauser. 2006. The Role of Conscious Reasoning and Intuition in Moral Judgment: Testing Three Principles of Harm. Psychological Science 17: 1082-1089

Dwyer, S. 2009. Moral Dumbfounding and the Linguistic Analogy: Methodological Implications for the Study of Moral Judgment. Mind & Language 24 (3):274–296.

Greene, J. D. 2002. The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Truth About Morality and What To Do About It. Ph.D. Dissertation. Department of Philosophy, Princeton University

Holton, R. 2009. Willing, Wanting, Waiting. Oxford University Press.

Haidt, J. and F. Bjorklund. 2008. Social Intuitionists Answer Six Questions About Morality. In Moral Psychology. W. Sinnott-Armstrong (ed.) New York: Oxford University Press.

Paxton, J.M., and J. D. Greene. 2010.  Moral reasoning: Hints and allegations. Topics in Cognitive Science.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2010.01096.x

Rest, J.R., D. Narvaez, D., S.J. Thoma, and M.J. Bebeau. 2000.  A Neo-Kohlbergian Approach to Morality Research.  Journal of Moral Education 29(4): 381-395.

Sneddon, A. 2007. A Social Model of Moral Dumbfounding: Implications for Studying Moral Reasoning and Moral Judgment. Philosophical Psychology 20(6):731-748.

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