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Morality and Mind Symposium

Project on Ethics and Cognitive Science

Friday, February 29, 2008 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

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The Project on Ethics and Cognitive Science

at Case Western Reserve University

Presents a Symposium on

Morality and Mind: Ethics at the Crossroads of Culture and Science

Recent research in cognitive science challenges ethical perspectives founded on the assumption that rationality is key to moral knowledge or that morality is the product of divine revelation. Bedrock moral concepts like free will, rights, and moral agency also have been questioned. In light of such critiques, is the study of ethics best understood as a humanities discipline or as the science of morality? Is ethics an issues of moral philosophy and religious reflection or is it an issue in cognitive science and evolutionary biology? Is ethics primarily informed by nature or by culture? Or is ethics informed by both?

The Project on Ethics and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, in conjunction with the Departments of Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, will explore junctions and disjunctions between ethics, culture, and cognitive science in a day-long symposium titled “Morality and Mind: Ethics at the Crossroads of Culture and Science.”

Symposium Speakers

  • Dr. Pascal Boyer, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Dr. John Doris, Department of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Dr. Jesse Prinz, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Stephen Stich, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Chris Meyers, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of Southern Mississippi, will lead a discussion following the speaker presentations

Symposium Schedule -- Friday, Feb. 29, 2008

  • 8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast (provided)
  • 9:00-10:15 Dr. Jesse Prinz
  • 10:30-11:45 Dr. John Doris
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00-2:15 Dr. Pascal Boyer
  • 2:30-3:45 Dr. Stephen Stich
  • 4:00-5:00 Discussion: Dr. Chris Meyers
  • 5:00-6:00 Symposium Reception

Symposium Organizers

  • Dr. William Deal, Religious Studies
  • Dr. Anthony Jack, Cognitive Science
  • Dr. Sara Waller, Philosophy

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Case Western Reserve University
11240 Bellflower Road
George S. Dively Building, Room 214
Cleveland, OH 44106

Friday, February 29, 2008 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)


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