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Philosophy Colloquium: “Reasoning and Rationalism in Moral Psychology”

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that Danielle Wylie (University of Illinois at Chicago) will be giving a talk entitled “Reasoning and Rationalism in Moral Psychology” on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 3:00 in Eberly 121. 

Wylie graduated from IUP in 2007 and is completing her PhD at the University of Wisconsin.

Abstract:

In moral psychology, “Psychological Rationalism” is the view that we form moral judgments primarily through a process of reasoning. This view has been relatively unpopular lately, largely due to two recent objections from Jonathan Haidt and Shaun Nichols.

Haidt has claimed to provide evidence against such a view by showing that people succumb to “moral dumbfounding,” a phenomenon in which people cannot adequately provide their reasoning after forming a moral judgment.

Nichols argues that the psychology of psychopaths provides evidence against the view, as psychopaths reason well but are unable to form moral judgments.

In this talk, I argue that these objections depend on problematic assumptions about reasoning and the commitments of Psychological Rationalism, and that Psychological Rationalism can survive both objections after these assumptions are corrected.

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