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Expanding Empathy Speaker Series, Paul Conway

Marrying Deontology and Utilitarianism with Virtue Ethics: Balancing Affective with Cognitive Processing Predicts Increased Prosociality and Reduced Antisociality
by David Price Apr 27, 2020 expired
When Apr 27, 2020
from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Where Register here: https://bit.ly/EE2020Conway
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Paul Conway
Speaker: Paul Conway
Florida State University

Marrying Deontology and Utilitarianism with Virtue Ethics: Balancing Affective with Cognitive Processing Predicts Increased Prosociality and Reduced Antisociality

Conway studies the psychology of morality and justice: How people think about good and bad, right and wrong, and whether to help or harm others. Currently, Conway is developing a model of individual differences in moral judgment, and examining how morality impacts person perception.

Lecture Abstract: For millennia, philosophers and scientists have debated whether morality primarily entails rational or emotional processing, while engaging in a second debate regarding whether to focus on the morality of specific actions versus the moral tendencies of individuals. Across 15 studies (N ~ 5000), I will aim to reconcile these debates by suggesting theoretical integration: people who tend to be most moral (virtue ethics) demonstrate a balance of affective and cognitive processing, which leads them to a balanced consideration of utilitarian and deontological ethical concerns at the level of individual moral decisions. People balancing affective with cognitive processing demonstrate increased prosociality and reduced antisociality on a variety of measures. Neither an absolute focus on rationality nor emotionality, nor on exclusively deontological or utilitarian concerns, is associated with enhanced morality. Such findings require a conceptual overhaul of moral dilemma research and clarify the psychology of moral excellence.

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The Expanding Empathy Speaker Series is sponsored by the Moral Agency and Moral Development Initiative with support from the College of the Liberal Arts, the College of Health and Human Development, the Department of Psychology, the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, and the University Libraries. Daryl Cameron convenes the Moral Agency and Moral Development Initiative.

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