24.120 Moral Psychology

Fall 2005

A bar's neon sign - Desire.
The neon sign of a bar in Dalian, China. Desire is one of the theoretical topics of this course. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Thomsen.)

Course Highlights

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Course Description

The course is an examination of philosophical theories of action and motivation in the light of empirical findings from social psychology, sociology and neuroscience. Topics include belief, desire, and moral motivation; sympathy and empathy; intentions and other committing states; strength of will and weakness of will; free will; addiction and compulsion; guilt, shame and regret; evil; self-knowledge and self-deception; virtues and character traits.
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Prof. Richard Holton

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session