UT Humanities Center Fifth Annual Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Peter Railton

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UT Humanities Center Fifth Annual Distinguished Lecture

"Moral Learning"

Friday, September 30, 2016
3:30 PM

Lindsay Young Auditorium
UT Hodges Library

The traditional understanding of how an individual acquires moral values is through development or maturation following life stages or as the internalization of the moral code of the family or society. Building on recent trends in learning theory and the neuroscience of learning and representation, Professor Railton argues that morality might be learned via those processes continuous with which we learn about relations in our environment. This account requires no innate moral faculty and can exhibit substantial autonomy with respect to community norms and values. If morality is learned via such processes, this gives us a new way of understanding the nature and epistemic standing of “moral intuitions” and of explaining some of the seemingly puzzling patterns in common-sense moral judgment—including, for example, trolley problems.

Note: Railton is also the Keynote speaker at the Tennessee Value and Agency (TVA) Conference September 30-October 2.

Peter Railton

Dr. Peter Railton

Peter Railton is the Gregory S. Kavka Distinguished University Professor and John Stephenson Perrin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Railton is the author of Homo Prospectus with M. Seligman, R. Baumeister, and C. Sripada (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).


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