Schedule and Readings

Week 1: Doing Morality: The First Person Perspective

Day 1: Introduction (Monday, 7/20)

9:00 - 12:00:  You Are Here. In this first morning session the instructors will introduce themselves and their trajectory to give some context for the course. Then they will present a historical survey of moral psychology, from the Kohlbergian decades to today, with an emphasis on the 2001 turning point when social psychology really started embracing the study of morality. You are expected to have read closely the Haidt Psychological Review, as well as our paper in Review of General Psychology, and come ready to discuss both.


1:30 - 3:00:  Getting to know your peers. The first afternoon session will give you a chance to introduce yourself to the the rest of the class and to learn a bit about them in turn. You don’t need to prepare anything, but expect to say a few brief words about your research interests and trajectory.

Day 2 (Tuesday, 7/21)

9:30 - 12:00:  Feeling Moral: Moral Character and Self-Image


1:00 - 3:00:  Teaching (Business) Ethics - In the evening, the Summer School is putting together a panel on the job market. Related to this, we thought it would be valuable to discuss with this group our experiences teaching ethics as psychologists at the undergraduate, PhD, and professional level (as well as to older adults), and discuss the implications for the study of morality. The broader question is to define the questions we are trying to answer and to discuss the best research strategies to be able to give practical recommendations. What can moral psych contribute to the teaching of ethics? How much of moral life is best explained by moral psych (as opposed to more general processes)?


Day 3 (Wednesday, 7/22) 

9:30 - 12:00:  Acting Moral: Following Goals and Values / Moral Regulation


Note: We have added the Annual Review paper on Licensing vs. Consistency (Mullen & Monin) in additional readings.

1:00 - 3:00:    Hanging out with philosophers. Moral psychology is unique in its potential engagement with colleagues from philosophy who may have very different disciplinary backgrounds, evidentiary rules, and goals. In this session we will discuss engaging philosophers, teaching with philosophers, reading philosophical works, and for one of us at least, running a podcast with a philosopher. What are the promises and limits of these exchanges? What can moral psych contribute to philosophical ethics and vice versa?


Day 4 (Thursday, 7/23) 

9:30 - 12:00:  In-class activity.


1:00 - 3:00:  Guest - Mike Norton, Harvard Business School. He will visit with us to discuss recent work. Our goal is to make this an informal exchange rather than a formal talk, so we will distribute a recent paper or draft to jump-start our discussion.


Week II: Judging Others: Character, Blame, and Responsibility 

Day 5 (Monday, 7/27)

9:30 - 12:00:   Character, Blame, and Responsibility


1:30 - 4:00:    Group project meeting (1)

Day 6 (Tuesday, 7/28)

9:30 - 12:00: Character in Person Perception, Personal Identity, and Legal Blame


1:30 - 4:00: Group project meeting (2)

Day 7 (Wednesday, 7/29) 

9:30 - 12:00: Harm, Purity, and Intentionality


1:30 - 4:00:  Guest : Liane Young, Psychology, Boston College. Liane is a rising star in moral psychology who uses a range of methods to cast light on issues at the core of moral phenomenon. 

Day 8 (Thursday, 7/30) 

9:30 - 11:00: Moral Judgment in Everyday Life


Hofmann, W., Wisneski, D. C., Brandt, M. J., & Skitka, L. J. (2014). Morality in everyday life. Science, 345(6202), 1340-1343.

11:00-12:00 Group Prep

1:30 - 4:00:  Group Presentations Pt. 1