Mind and Morals: Essays on Ethics and Cognitive Science

Overview

The essays in this anthology deal with the growing interconnections between moral philosophy and research that draws upon neuroscience, developmental psychology, and evolutionary biology. This cross-disciplinary interchange coincides,not accidentally, with the renewed interest in ethical naturalism.

In order to understand the nature and limits of moral reasoning, many new ethical naturalists look to cognitive science for an account of how people actually reason. At the same ...

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Overview

The essays in this anthology deal with the growing interconnections between moral philosophy and research that draws upon neuroscience, developmental psychology, and evolutionary biology. This cross-disciplinary interchange coincides,not accidentally, with the renewed interest in ethical naturalism.

In order to understand the nature and limits of moral reasoning, many new ethical naturalists look to cognitive science for an account of how people actually reason. At the same time, many cognitive scientists have become increasingly interested in moral reasoning as a complex form of human cognition that challenges their theoretical models. The result of this collaborative, and often critical, interchange is an exciting intellectual ferment at the frontiers of research into human mentality.

Sections and Contributors:

Ethics NaturalizedOwen Flanagan, Mark L.

Johnson, Virginia Held

Moral Judgments, Representations,and PrototypesPaul M. Churchland, Andy Clark, Peggy DesAutels, Ruth Garrett Millikan

Moral EmotionsRobert M.

Gordon, Alvin I. Goldman, John Deigh, Naomi Scheman

Agency and ResponsibilityJames P. Sterba, Susan Khin-Zaw, Helen E. Longino, Michael E. Bratman

A Bradford Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262631655
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/1996
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Clark is Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Ethics Naturalized: Ethics as Human Ecology 19
Ch. 3 How Moral Psychology Changes Moral Theory 45
Ch. 4 Whose Agenda? Ethics versus Cognitive Science 69
Ch. 5 The Neural Representation of the Social World 91
Ch. 6 Connectionism, Moral Cognition, and Collaborative Problem Solving 109
Ch. 7 Gestalt Shifts in Moral Perception 129
Ch. 8 Pushmi-pullyu Representations 145
Ch. 9 Sympathy, Simulation, and the Impartial Spectator 165
Ch. 10 Simulation and Interpersonal Utility 181
Ch. 11 Empathy and Universalizability 199
Ch. 12 Feeling Our Way toward Moral Objectivity 221
Ch. 13 Justifying Morality and the Challenge of Cognitive Science 239
Ch. 14 Moral Rationality 257
Ch. 15 Moral Agency and Responsibility: Cautionary Tales from Biology 281
Ch. 16 Planning and Temptation 293
Index 311
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