Emotions and Moral Judgment: The New Sentimentalism (co-taught with Prof. Eva Jablonka)
The seminar is dedicated to an engaged discussion with the works of the “New Sentimentalists,” a group of thinkers who stress the role of the emotions in moral judgment. The seminar is based on articles and book chapters from the New Sentimentalists, and on critical literature. The primary focus is, of course, evolutionary.
Among the thinkers we discuss are:
- Jess Prinz (Gut Reactions, 2004; The Emotional Construction of Morals, 2007).
- Jonathan Haidt (The Happiness Hypothesis, 2006; The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion 2012).
- Shaun Nichols (Sentimental Rules, 2004).
Participating in class. Leading the discussion of two papers or book chapters during the semester.
Full reading list will be posted at a later date.