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The logic of universalization guides moral judgment (RCCR Summer Seminar Series)
The logic of universalization guides moral judgment, Fiery Cushman
Fiery Cushman is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, where he directs the Moral Psychology Research Laboratory. His research addresses the balance between learned and innate contributions to cognition; the human capacity to explain, predict and evaluate others’ behavior; and the architecture of learning and decision-making in a social context.
This seminar is part of The Reading Centre for Cognition Research’s 2021 Summer Seminar Series: Understanding ourselves and others: reasoning and rationality
The aim of this seminar series is to explore these newer approaches to reasoning and rationality, looking at cutting edge work in the area and asking what these moves might tell us about how we go about understanding the actions of others and ourselves.
A standard picture of humans as generally ordered and orderly thinkers has come under significant pressure in recent years, in particular from the work of Kahneman and others who have stressed our susceptibility to a range of cognitive traps (such as framing or bias). Although the claim commonly associated with this school of thought – that we are ‘predictably irrational’, in Ariely’s phrase – has been rejected by many, even those who seek to defend our status as good reasoners often suggest a more complex and potentially messy set of processes, mechanisms and features than those standardly appealed to in classic folk psychological approaches.
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