Moral Psychology

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The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Delft University of Technology invite people to register for a course in Moral Psychology, which will be held at the Branch Campus of Delft University of Technology in The Hague. Dates: Sunday 5 – Thursday 9 November 2017, so preceding the OZSW Annual Conference (10-11 November).


Organizing university

TU Delft


5-9 November 2017


Delft University of Technology, Branch Campus in The Hague. This is in the Wijnhaven Building at the Turfmarkt 99 (rented from Leiden University)

Type of activity

5-day course

Type of activity

For this activity PhD students and ReMa students can – after successful completion – earn a certificate. However, the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. More information. The study load for this activity is as follows:...

Primary target group

PhD students, 2nd year ReMa students

If places available, also open to

All other students

Application/registration deadline

October 20th, 2017

About the topic

Moral psychology is a growing field of interdisciplinary research that draws on both normative reflection and theorizing in philosophy and empirical research and modelling in psychology and other social sciences.

Aim / objective

Students will come to understand many of the main concepts and theories in contemporary moral psychology. In addition, they will learn to criticize methodologies and analyses in the empirical literature. Those who take the course for credit will also become acquainted in depth with a cutting-edge problem in moral psychology and receive feedback from both the instructor and at least one other expert in the field.


This course is an accelerated introduction to the field of moral psychology, understood as the empirically- and philosophically-informed study of human conduct in morally-relevant contexts. The course will be structured around Mark Alfano’s recent monograph, Moral Psychology: An Introduction; all enrolees will receive a free copy. Further readings (articles and chapters) will also be assigned. Program:

  1. Day one will cover preferences and wellbeing;
  2. Day two will cover responsibility;
  3. Day three emotion;
  4. Day four character and virtue
  5. Day five moral disagreement.

Guest lecturers with expertise in philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and potentially some other fields will enrich the course. Students who wish to receive credit for the course will conceive a paper during the seminar, then write and submit it to the instructor within six weeks.


  • Alfred Archer, Tilburg University
  • Pauline Kleingeld, University of Groningen (afternoon)
  • Mark Alfano, Delft University of Technology & Australian Catholic University
  • Phil Robichaud, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Hanno Sauer, Utrecht University
  • Oliver Scott Curry, Oxford University
  • Maureen Sie, Tilburg University

Required preparations

The participants are expected to read all the assigned literature, to do assignments, to actively participate in the discussions and to write a paper at the end of the course.

Certificate / credit points

4 ECTS: To earn these credit points, participants must prepare all meetings by reading the materials assigned, attend all course days, give a presentation and write an essay at the end.


The course is free for:

  • 2nd year research master students in philosophy at a Dutch university
  • PhD students who are a member of the OZSW

All other students pay a fee of €250,-

Location / accommodation details

Participants are required to arrange their own accommodation, if needed.

How to apply / register

Please fill out the registration form below. The deadline for application is October 20th, 2017.

In case of too many applications, the coordinator of the course will make a selection. In general, priority will be given to OZSW PhD students over ReMa students and philosophy ReMa students over external applicants. A decision of acceptance/rejection for this course will be sent by October 24th.

Registration/application form


Mark Alfano

Contact info

Mark Alfano (
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