This seminar will cover a range of topics within contemporary moral psychology, covering (among other things), the following sorts of issues: how people arrive at their particular set of moral beliefs, the extent to which moral beliefs are based on reasoning as opposed to more intuitive processes, how people judge moral character in themselves and others, whether moral beliefs are "special" in terms of their personal and social significance, and the extent to which people’s moral beliefs guide their behavior. Students will be expected to read and actively discuss selected papers, and will be asked to present readings at various points. There will be a final paper assignment.
Course is limited to 16 students. Department permission is required. Preference given to senior psych majors.