Minds, Empathy and Morality
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Psychology
Course Number: GPSY 6404
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
Description:
Do we behave morally because we have norms that tell us to do so, or is moral behavior rooted in the empathic feeling we experience for other humans (and other living things)? The question is being debated by psychologists and philosophers, and arguments have been proposed to support either positions. In this course we will review the arguments put forward by various scholars, primarily psychologists, and then focus on the extensive literature on empathy and Theory of Mind – our capacity to infer other people’s mental states.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions