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Moral Brains: The Neuroscience of Morality

S. Matthew Liao


In the last fifteen years, there has been significant interest in studying the brain structures involved in moral judgments using novel techniques from neuroscience such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Many people, including a number of philosophers, believe that results from neuroscience have the potential to settle or at least move seemingly intractable debates concerning the nature, practice, and reliability of moral judgments. This has led to a flurry of scientific and philosophical activities, resulting in the rapid growth of the new field of moral neuroscience. This volu ... More

Keywords: neuroscience, morality, moral brain, reasoning, nonconsequentialism, consequentialism, moral judgment, moral emotions

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199357666
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357666.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Matthew Liao, editor
Director and Associate Professor of the Center for Bioethics, and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Philosophy, New York University

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Morality and Neuroscience

S. Matthew Liao

I. Emotions versus Reason

2. The Rationalist Delusion?

Jeanette Kennett and Philip Gerrans

II. Deontology versus Consequentialism

III. New Methods in Moral Neuroscience

8. Emotional Learning, Psychopathy, and Norm Development

R. J. R. Blair, Soonjo Hwang, Stuart F. White, and Harma Meffert

9. The Neuropsychiatry of Moral Cognition and Social Conduct

Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza, Roland Zahn, and Jorge Moll

10. Morphing Morals

Molly J. Crockett

11. Of Mice and Men

Jana Schaich Borg

IV. Philosophical Lessons

14. The Disunity of Morality

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

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