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PHIL4106: Research Topics in Moral Psychology

Moral Psychology is the branch of philosophy that addresses the moral status of our motives, intentions, emotions, and character traits, as well as the nature of the psychological processes that lie behind moral judgment and morally good or bad actions. In this unit we will engage with recent philosophical work on topics in this field, such as questions concerning forgiveness, virtue and vice, evil, and moral responsibility.

Code PHIL4106
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate confident and extensive knowledge of philosophical issues in the field of moral psychology
  • LO2. distinguish normative disagreements from descriptive disagreements
  • LO3. evaluate and critique competing views in the philosophical literature on moral psychology
  • LO4. assess abstract and general theoretical claims against concrete examples of moral and immoral behaviour
  • LO5. make connections between empirical psychological research and philosophical issues concerning motive, emotion and character
  • LO6. display advanced disciplinary confidence and expertise in philosophical reasoning, analysis and argument
  • LO7. communicate complex philosophical ideas clearly and succinctly.

Unit outlines

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