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Moral Psychology: Historical and Contemporary Readings



Moral Psychology: Historical and Contemporary Readings

Thomas Nadelhoffer (Editor), Eddy Nahmias (Editor), Shaun Nichols (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-19019-0 October 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 398 Pages


Moral Psychology: Historical and Contemporary Readings is the first book to bring together the most significant contemporary and historical works on the topic from both philosophy and psychology.
  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to moral psychology, which is the study of psychological mechanisms and processes underlying ethics and morality
  • Unique in bringing together contemporary texts by philosophers, psychologists and other cognitive scientists with foundational works from both philosophy and psychology
  • Approaches moral psychology from an empirically informed perspective
  • Explores a wide range of topics from passion and altruism to virtue and responsibility
  • Editorial introductions to each section explain the background of and connections between the selections

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Introduction (Thomas Nadelhoffer, Eddy Nahmias, and Shaun Nichols).

Part I: Reason & Passion.

Introduction (Shaun Nichols).

1 Selections from A Discourse of Natural Religion (Samuel Clarke).

2 Selections from An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (Francis Hutcheson).

3 Selections from An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense (Francis Hutcheson).

4 Selections from Enquiries Concerning the Principles of Morals (David Hume).

5 Introduction to Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (Immanuel Kant).

6 The Claim to Moral Adequacy of a Highest Stage of Moral Judgment (Lawrence Kohlberg).

7 A Cognitive Developmental Approach to Morality: Investigating the Psychopath (Robert James Blair).

8 Selections from The Moral Problem (Michael Smith).

9 How Psychopaths Threaten Moral Rationalism: Is it Irrational to be Amoral? (Shaun Nichols).

Part II: Altruism & Egoism.

Introduction (Thomas Nadelhoffer and Shaun Nichols).

10 Selections from Republic (Plato).

11 Selections from Leviathan and The Elements of Law Natural and Politic (Thomas Hobbes).

12 Selections from Human Nature and Other Sermons (Joseph Butler).

13 Selections from An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (Francis Hutcheson).

14 How Social an Animal: the Human Capacity for Caring (C. Daniel Batson).

15 The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism (Robert L. Trivers).

16 Summary of Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior (Elliott Sober and David Sloan Wilson).

17 Why Altruism Is Impossible … and Ubiquitous (Barry Schwartz).

Part III: Virtue & Character.

Introduction (Eddy Nahmias).

18 Selections from Protagoras (Plato).

19 Selections from Nicomachean Ethics (Aristotle).

20 Behavioral Study of Obedience (Stanley Milgram).

21 Selections from The Person and the Situation (Lee Ross and Richard Nisbett).

22 Persons, Situations, and Virtue Ethics (John M. Doris).

23 Situationism and Virtue Ethics on the Content of Our Character (Rachana Kamtekar).

24 Virtue Ethics and Situationist Personality Psychology (Maria Merritt).

Part IV: Agency & Responsibility.

Introduction (Eddy Nahmias).

25 Selections from Nicomachean Ethics (Aristotle).

26 Selections from Essays on the Active Powers of Man (Thomas Reid).

27 Selections from Beyond Good and Evil and Twilight of the Idols (Friedrich Nietzsche).

28 Selections from Beyond Freedom and Dignity (B.F. Skinner).

29 Apparent Mental Causation: Sources of the Experience of Will (Daniel M. Wegner and Thalia Wheatley).

30 Agency, Authorship, and Illusion (Eddy Nahmias).

31 Free Will in Scientific Psychology (Roy F. Baumeister).

32 Scientific Skepticism About Free Will (Alfred R. Mele).

Part V: Moral Intuitions.

Introduction (Thomas Nadelhoffer).

33 Selections from The Methods of Ethics (Henry Sidgwick).

34 Selections from The Right and the Good (W.D. Ross).

35 The Trolley Problem (Judith Jarvis Thomson).

36 Selections from Living High and Letting Die: Our Illusion of Innocence (Peter Unger).

37 The Emotional Dog and Its Rational Tail: A Social Intuitionist Approach to Moral Judgment (Jonathan Haidt).

38 The Secret Joke of Kant's Soul (Joshua Greene).

39 Moral Intuitionism Meets Empirical Psychology (Walter Sinnott-Armstrong).


""Moral Psychology: Historical and Contemporary Readings is a much-needed collection of essays on issues of moral psychology ... This collection successfully illustrates the need for scientists and philosophers to work together on such projects in effort to reach the truth via a thorough inquiry. In that regard, I would recommend this text very strongly."" (Metapsychology Online Reviews, 22 November 2011)

""Finally, this book serves as a good compilation of key texts in its field, covering philosphers from almost all times and traditions."" (Times Higher Education Supplement, 26 May 2011)