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Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them.

7:30pm EDT October 21, 2013

Cascia Hall

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.

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  • Dr. Joshua Greene
    Dr. Joshua Greene