Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them.
The 16th Annual Dennis McLaughlin Lecture
Presented by Joshua Greene, Ph.D., Renowned Psychologist, Philosopher and Neuroscientist!
Sponsored by the Department of Psychology
There are two kinds of moral problems: “Me vs. Us” and “Us vs. Them.” There are two kinds of moral thinking: “fast” intuitive thinking that is efficient but inflexible, and “slow” moral reasoning that is flexible but inefficient. Progress depends on matching the right kind of thinking with the right kind of problem.
In his talk, Dr. Greene will address these issues and how he has applied modern scientific techniques to old philosophical questions and current political controversies.
Dr. Greene is the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and the director of the Moral Cognition Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University. He studies the psychology and neuroscience of morality, focusing on the interplay between emotion and reasoning in moral decision making. His broader interests cluster around the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.