Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Explaining and Appraising Moral Intuition

I’m fascinated with moral philosophy, and lately it’s really been at the forefront of my thinking. Just recently, on my neglected facebook page, Chris called to my attention a discussion about the basis of our moral judgments, from the point of view of evolutionary psychology. I replied that I thought that there were some problems with the reasoning, but haven’t yet made the time to explore those issues. I mention that because I’ve started an essay on the topic, and hopefully this will motivate me to finish it sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, I would recommend the following discussion. Both men—one at Harvard, the other at Yale—are essentially philosophers of mind with an emphasis on cognitive science. Very informative.

Here’s the link to view the entire diavlog.