Lecture 2: The Model in Action: Against Moral Nativism

Réalisation : 15 mai 2008 Mise en ligne : 15 mai 2008
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Language, complex tool-use, extensive co-operation between non-relatives; religion and ritual are all distinctive features of the human mind. They seem to be found in no other living primate, and they seem to be features of all human cultures and of most (perhaps all) their members. We are tool-using, talking, co-operating, god-bothering apes. We are also moralising apes: arguably, making moral judgements is both typically human, and unique to humans. Recently, this has been grist for the modular nativist mill; Marc Hauser and John Mikhail (most notably) have explicitly based their models of moral cognition on language. I draw on the model developed in session 1 to build both a sceptical response to this nativist picture and an alternative analysis of moral cognition. The positive view owes much to those descendants of Hume who see moral cognition as essentially a gloss on pre-existing social emotions, but it gives a much greater role to top-down (and hence cultural) inputs.

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Ecole Normale Supérieure 29, rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris
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Richard FILLON (Réalisation), Camille BONNEMAZOU (Réalisation), Federica CIOTTI (Réalisation), Peter STOCKINGER (Réalisation), FMSH-ESCoM (Production)
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FMSH. (2008, 15 mai). Lecture 2: The Model in Action: Against Moral Nativism. [Vidéo]. Canal-U. (Consultée le 24 janvier 2022)

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