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Delft Workshop with Guy Kahane: For the Greater Good? Utilitarian Judgment and antisocial tendencies

14 May 2013 @ 10:00 - 12:00

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Announcement: workshop with Guy Kahane from Oxford (http://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/members/research_staff/guy_kahane) Organized by the Technical University of Delft, in collaboration with the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology Tuesday May 14, 10-12PM (Delft) DELFT WORKSHOP: For the Greater Good? Utilitarian Judgment and antisocial tendencies In this workshop, 1-2 papers from Guy Kahane that are work in progress are discussed. People can study these in advance. ABSTRACT: Recent work in the cognitive science of morality has been taken to show that moral judgment is largely…
Announcement: workshop with Guy Kahane from Oxford (http://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/members/research_staff/guy_kahane) Organized by the Technical University of Delft, in collaboration with the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology Tuesday May 14, 10-12PM (Delft) DELFT WORKSHOP: For the Greater Good? Utilitarian Judgment and antisocial tendencies In this workshop, 1-2 papers from Guy Kahane that are work in progress are discussed. People can study these in advance. ABSTRACT: Recent work in the cognitive science of morality has been taken to show that moral judgment is largely based on immediate intuitions and emotions, but that utilitarian judgment is an important exception that is uniquely based on ‘rational’ deliberation. These results have even been claimed to lend support for a utilitarian approach to ethics. In this talk, I will argue that this proposed tie between utilitarian judgment and moral reasoning is based on a misinterpretation of the evidence. Drawing on some of our own empirical research, I will show that so-called 'utilitarian' judgments in response to trolley cases often have little to do with concern for the greater good, and actually express antisocial tendencies. A more general lesson of my argument is that much of current empirical research in moral psychology is based on a far too narrow understanding of intuition and deliberation. The workshop is free and open to all interested persons. However, space is limited, so please contact Neelke Doorn (N.Doorn@tudelft.nl) if you wish to attend the Delft workshop.

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14 May 2013
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10:00 - 12:00
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TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands
Delft, The Netherlands
Delft, South Holland The Netherlands

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Neelke Doorn
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n.doorn@tudelft.nl
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Announcement: workshop with Guy Kahane from Oxford (http://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/members/research_staff/guy_kahane)

Organized by the Technical University of Delft, in collaboration with the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology
Tuesday May 14, 10-12PM (Delft)

DELFT WORKSHOP: For the Greater Good? Utilitarian Judgment
and antisocial tendencies In this workshop, 1-2 papers from Guy Kahane
that are work in progress are discussed. People can study these in
advance.

ABSTRACT: Recent work in the cognitive science of morality has been
taken to show that moral judgment is largely based on immediate
intuitions and emotions, but that utilitarian judgment is an important
exception that is uniquely based on ‘rational’ deliberation. These
results have even been claimed to lend support for a utilitarian
approach to ethics. In this talk, I will argue that this proposed tie
between utilitarian judgment and moral reasoning is based on a
misinterpretation of the evidence. Drawing on some of our own
empirical research, I will show that so-called ‘utilitarian’ judgments
in response to trolley cases often have little to do with concern for
the greater good, and actually express antisocial tendencies. A more
general lesson of my argument is that much of current empirical
research in moral psychology is based on a far too narrow
understanding of intuition and deliberation.

The workshop is free and open to all
interested persons. However, space is limited, so please contact
Neelke Doorn (N.Doorn@tudelft.nl) if you wish to attend the Delft workshop.

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