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Human Morality - Marc Hauser - 1

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Uploaded on Nov 29, 2009

This is the first part of an edited lecture by Marc Hauser. It moves from various philosophical theories of morality to social science research into moral dilemmas, leading up to the Trolley Problem.

part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3SMzJ...

part 3 will deal with the question of whether religious belief impacts moral decision-making.

Marc D. Hauser is an evolutionary biologist who teaches at the Psychology Department at Harvard University.
http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~mnkylab/H...
http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~mnkylab/

Moral Sense Test website:
http://moral.wjh.harvard.edu/

The term morality can be used either
1.descriptively to refer to a code of conduct put forward by a society or,
a.some other group, such as a religion, or
b.accepted by an individual for her own behavior or
2.normatively to refer to a code of conduct that, given specified conditions, would be put forward by all rational persons.
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/mor...

The Trolley Problem
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_...

My thanks to AncientAtheist for sending this link to a long, but interesting article by Steven Pinker:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/mag...

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