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Hardcover | $60.00 Short | £41.95 | ISBN: 9780262195645 | 592 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 6 illus.| October 2007
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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

About the Editor

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at Duke University and the editor of the previous volumes of Moral Psychology, all published by the MIT Press.


"Moral Psychology is a remarkable publishing achievement. Sinnott-Armstronghas a real talent for drawing together the cutting-edge researchers in thefield, and letting them present their positions and challenge each other.These three substantial volumes cover many of the newer and more excitingissues being raised in ethics and moral psychology today. Essential readingfor anyone who wants to know where the field is heading."
Peter Singer, Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics in the UniversityCenter for Human Values, Princeton University

"In the last decade moral psychology has been transformed into one of themost interesting and important areas of interdisciplinary research—afield where philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, anthropologistsand economists interact productively. Recent theories and findings havegenerated a genuine and justified sense of intellectual excitement. If youwant to see what all the excitement is about, this book is a great place tostart."
Stephen Stich, Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and CognitiveScience, Rutgers University

"Moral Psychology represents a powerful and penetrating discussion of the emerging science of moral behavior. Each volume cross-examines important arguments which lead to fascinating dialogues on this compelling subject. With these volumes, Sinnot-Armstrong is revealed as a leading mind in this field."
Michael S. Gazzaniga, Director, Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara