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Moral Psychology: The Neuroscience of Morality: Emotion, Brain Disorders, and Development (Bradford Books) (Volume 3) Paperback – October 19, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0262693554 ISBN-10: 0262693550

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  • Series: Bradford Books (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (October 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262693550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262693554
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Moral Psychology is a remarkable publishing achievement. Sinnott-Armstrong has a real talent for drawing together the cutting-edge researchers in the field, and letting them present their positions and challenge each other. These three substantial volumes cover many of the newer and more exciting issues being raised in ethics and moral psychology today. Essential reading for anyone who wants to know where the field is heading." --Peter Singer, Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University "In the last decade moral psychology has been transformed into one of the most interesting and important areas of interdisciplinary research--a field where philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, anthropologists and economists interact productively. Recent theories and findings have generated a genuine and justified sense of intellectual excitement. If you want to see what all the excitement is about, this book is a great place to start." --Stephen Stich, Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Rutgers University "Moral Psychology represents a powerful and penetrating discussion of the emerging science of moral behavior. Each volume cross-examines important arguments which lead to fascinating dialogues on this compelling subject. With these volumes, Sinnot-Armstrong is revealed as a leading mind in this field." --Michael S. Gazzaniga, Director, Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at Duke University and the editor of the previous volumes of Moral Psychology, all published by the MIT Press.

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sally K. Severino on July 29, 2010
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This is the third volume in a series on moral psychology that hopes to bring philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists to work together. The effort is timely because in the last few decades noninvasive techniques have made it possible for neuroscientists to get solid information about how human brains make moral decisions.

The book is structured so that each chapter opens with a scholar or group of scholars presenting a specific thesis. This is followed by responses from scholars of different disciplines than those presenting the thesis. The chapter closes with a final response from the original scholar(s). Each chapter lends itself to lively cross-discipline dialogue, which highlights the nuances of the issues being researched.

The book is a must for anyone involved in interdisciplinary research on morality and anyone excited about the new issues being raised within the fields of twenty-first century morality and ethics.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 20, 2010
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This book, the last of the three volumes in the series, is more philosophical debate than neuroscience, despite the title. Despite the over-emphasis on philosophy, and its attending annoyance of never-ending dialog, the articles in this book do at least introduce the reader to some of what is known on the cognitive neuroscience behind morality and ethics. Ten years from now, a book such as this will no doubt contain a large amount of data that will illustrate how the brain process moral decision-making and how it conceptualizes and creates broad systems of ethics. But for now the field of neuroethics and moral neuroscience is just getting started, and this volume does give a taste of how researchers are approaching issues such as the neuroscience of moral emotions, the origin of moral conceptualization via "affective" versus "rational" brain processes, and why (and how) autistic individuals should be distinguished from psychopaths in the methods they use to conceptualize morals and ethics.

Some of the highlights in the book include:
- The idea that cognitive neuroscience could give a scientific formulation of the "theory of moral sentiments" of the economist Adam Smith. Such a formulation would be very interesting, given the historical importance of Adam Smith and the total lack of empirical evidence in his writings for supporting his theory.
- The assertion that "moral sensitivity" is nothing other than the coactivation of PFC-temporolimbic networks in the brain. This kind of reductionism will no doubt alarm many readers, but it will find its justification if this assertion is shown to be plausible by intense experimentation and research.
- The view that moral emotions are "disentangled" from rational processes during moral judgments.
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