Moral Psychology, Volume 3

The Neuroscience of Morality: Emotion, Brain Disorders, and Development

For much of the twentieth century, philosophy and science went their separate ways. In moral philosophy, fear of the so-called naturalistic fallacy kept moral philosophers from incorporating developments in biology and psychology. Since the 1990s, however, many philosophers have drawn on recent advances in cognitive psychology, brain science, and evolutionary psychology to inform their work. This collaborative trend is especially strong in moral philosophy, and these three volumes bring together some of the most innovative work by both philosophers and psychologists in this emerging interdisciplinary field. The neuroscience of morality is in its infancy, with the first brain imaging studies of moral development undertaken only in 2001.

The contributors to volume 3 sample the best work in this very new field, discussing a variety of approaches, including functional imaging, lesion studies, abnormal psychology, and developmental neuroscience. Each chapter includes an essay, comments on the essay by other scholars, and a reply by the author(s) of the original essay. Topics include the neural basis of moral emotions and moral judgments as well as comparisons of normal adult moral judgments with those made by children, adolescents, and people with psychopathy, brain damage, and autism.

Contributors to volume 3:
Abigail Baird, William Casebeer, Cordelia Fine, Nathan Fox, Uta Frith, Jordan Grafman, Joshua Greene, Catherine Hynes, Fatima Azavedo Ignacio, Richard Joyce, Jerome Kagan, Leonard Katz, Kent Kiehl, Jeanette Kennett, Melanie Killen, Daniel Lapsley, Heidi Maibom, Victoria McGeer, John Mikhail, Jorge Moll, Shaun Nichols, Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza, Adina Roskies, Jana Schaich Borg, Katrina Sifferd, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Michael Smith, Mark Timmons, Frederick de Vignemont, Paul Whalen, Roland Zahn

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. The Cognitive Neuroscience of Moral Emotions

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

  4. 2. The Secret Joke of Kant's Soul

    Joshua D. Greene

  5. 3. Without Morals: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Criminal Psychopaths
  6. 4. Internalism and the Evidence from Psychopaths and "Acquired Sociopaths"
  7. 5. Varieties of Moral Agency: Lessons from Autism (and Psychopathy)

    Victoria McGeer

  8. 6. Morality and Its Development

    Jerome Kagan

  9. 7. Adolescent Moral Reasoning: The Integration of Emotion and Cognition

    Abigail A. Baird

  10. 8. What Neuroscience Can (and Cannot) Contribute to Metaethics

    Richard Joyce

  11. References
  12. Contributors
  13. Index to Volume 1
  14. Index to Volume 2
  15. Index to Volume 3