“The Morality of the Psychopath” by John D. Greenwood (27 Nov)

In this paper I consider some questions about the morality of the psychopath, based upon recent research in moral psychology. These will include the question of whether psychopaths are criminally responsible for their actions; whether psychopaths are morally responsible for their actions; whether psychopaths are evil; whether psychopaths are persons; and whether psychopaths are insane.

Philosophy Department Seminar.
Date: Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012
Time: 3.15pm – 5.15pm
Venue: Philosophy Resource Room (AS3 #05-23)
Speaker: John D. Greenwood, Deputy Executive Officer, PhD/MA Program in Philosophy, Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY)
Moderator: A/P Tan Sor Hoon

John D. Greenwood was educated at the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford, and teaches in the departments of philosophy and psychology at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His many books and articles include Explanation and Experiment in Social Psychological Science (Springer-Verlag, 1989), Realism, Identity and Emotion (Sage, 1994) and The Disappearance of the Social in American Social Psychology (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Talk: On the Social Dimensions of Moral Psychology, by John Greenwood (11 Jan 2011)

Philosophy Seminar Series: 11 January 2011, 2-3:45pm, Philosophy Resource Room; Speaker: John D. Greenwood, Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York; Moderator: Dr. Tang Weng Hong

Abstract: Contemporary moral psychology has been enormously enriched by recent theoretical developments and empirical findings in evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and social psychology and psychopathology. Yet despite the fact that some theorists have developed specifically ‘social heuristic’ (Gigerenzer, 2005) and ‘social intuitionist’ (Haidt, 2001) accounts of moral judgment and behavior, and despite regular appeals to the findings of experimental social psychology, contemporary moral psychology has largely neglected the social dimensions of moral judgment and behavior. I provide a brief sketch of these dimensions, and consider the implications for contemporary theory and research in moral psychology.

greenwoodAbout the speaker: John Greenwood is Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York.

More information on the Philosophy Seminar Series can be found here. A list of past talks in the series can be found here.