Beyond the Nature/Nurture Controversy: Moral Autonomy and Social Change
Beyond the Nature/Nurture Controversy: Moral Autonomy and Social Change through Active Learning
It is often asked of morality, "Is it nature or nurture?" Virtually everyone today agrees that the correct answer is "Both". But that answer opens new questions, not simply questions about the relative contribution of "nature" or "nurture" (or whether these can even be meaningfully separated), but also about whether there is something more to moral development that this debate usually presupposes. 'Nature' and 'nurture' as these terms are traditionally used cast the individual in a passive role in moral development--either by genetic inheritance or by inculcation of the norms of his society by socialization. We'd like to emphasize how that humans are equipped not just to receive such shaping forces, but also for active, original moral learning that can carry us beyond the moral world we inherit, and help explain how morality can be a domain of independent thinking, and vibrant innovation and change.
SATURDAY 19 MAY 2018
2.45pm Course Registration
3.00pm Humean sentimentalism as a form of moral realism
4.30pm Tea / coffee
5.00pm Changing natures: On Aristotle and the emotions
6.30pm Break / bar open
8.15pm- Moral learning
9.30pm PETER RAILTON
SUNDAY 20 MAY 2018
8.15am Breakfast (residents only)
9.30am Affective expertise: Agency and practice in the development of moral emotions
10.45am Coffee / tea
11.15am Q & A
Questions directed by MARIANNE TALBOT
12.30pm Break / bar open
2.00pm Course disperses
Fridland, E., ‘Automatically Minded’, Synthese 2015 (available from:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11229-014-0617-9 and ‘Motor skill and ‘Moral Virtue’ in Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement (forthcoming) (This paper can be accessed here: http://www.ellenfridland.com/uploads/8/0/1/2/80126914/motor_skill_and_virtue_3__2_.pdf
Railton, P., ‘The Affective Dog and Its Rational Tale: Intuition and Attunement’ Ethics, Vol.124, No. 4 (July 2014), pp. 813-859, Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/675876
‘Sentimentalism and Realism in Epistemology and Ethics’ in
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Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £77.00
Baguette Sunday Only: £4.70
Dinner Saturday Evening: £19.00
Single B&B Saturday Night: £75.85
Single Room Only Saturday Night: £64.85
Sunday Lunch: £13.50
Twin B&B Saturday Night (per person): £54.35
Twin Room Only Saturday Night (per person): £43.35
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Dr Ellen Fridland
Ellen Fridland is a Lecturer at King’s College, University of London. She has worked extensively in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of cognitive science, and at the boundary between philosophy and psychology. She has lectured widely in the UK, US, Europe, and Australia, and her essays on skill, imitation, embodied cognition, consciousness, and intelligence have appeared in leading journals in philosophy and cognitive science. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and a Summer Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities (US).
Professor Peter Railton
Peter Railton is the G.S. Kavka Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked in the philosophy of science, ethics, meta-ethics, aesthetics, and moral psychology. The author of many well-known articles, some of which are gathered in Facts, Values, and Norms (Cambridge UP, 2003), he is also co-author of the interdisciplinary book, Homo Prospectus (Oxford UP, 2016). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (US), and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Ms Marianne Talbot
Director of Studies
Marianne Talbot B.A., B.Phil., has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education since 2001. She has written several of Oxford’s popular short online courses on Philosophy, and her podcasts (notably on critical reasoning) have been downloaded over 5 million times. Marianne specialises in logic, ethics and the philosophy of mind. The topic of knowledge is her particular current interest.
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