[asa] Conference at University of Richmond

From: Freeman, Louise Margaret <lfreeman@mbc.edu>
Date: Tue Jan 27 2009 - 21:41:52 EST

I am co-teaching a psychology/philosophy honors colloquium on the topic of
Morality: Human Nature and Nurture this semester and he are planning to take
the class to this conference. I wanted to make other ASA members aware of
it in case there was interest.

Louise M. Freeman, PhD
Psychology Dept
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, VA 24401
FAX 540-887-7121
>>Symposium: "Emotions, Natural Selection and Rationality" Symposium
Registration (free):
Date: 20-22 March, 2009
Place: University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
The symposium focuses on how the emotions are related to morality, on one
hand, and to rationality, on the other. The recent discovery of the mirror
neuron system, conceivably the basis of sympathetic emotions, highlights the
biological basis of moral and rational behavior. Adam Smith, 250 years ago,
highlighted in his book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), how morality
is ultimately based on sympathetic sentiments. On the other hand, Charles
Darwin stressed the biological basis of morality. This symposium brings
together scholars in economics, biology, psychology, and other disciplines
to evaluate and debate these issues in light of recent discoveries in
Please disseminate to your colleagues.
Reinhard Selten, Department of Economic, University of Bonn (Nobel laureate
of Economics, 1994) and Robin Pope, Department of Economics, University of
Bonn, Title: TBA
Paul Zak, School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University,
Title: "The Moral Molecule"
Kevin McCabe, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, George Mason
University, Title: "Two Neural Systems for Trust"
Daniel Houser, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, George Mason
University, Title: "Doing and Saying: Does Transparent Leadership Really
David Haig, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard
University, Title: "On intrapersonal conflict"
Leonardo Fogassi, Department of Neurosciences, University of Parma, Italy,
Title: The Mirror Neuron System: How Cognitive Functions Emerge from Motor
Istvan Molnar-Szakacs, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human
Behavior, Title: The Human Mirror Neuron System – from Actions to Morality
Elias Khalil, Department of Economics, University of Richmond and Monash
University, Title: "The Mirror-Neuron Paradox: How Far is Sympathy from
Compassion, Indulgence, and Adulation?"
Eric Schliesser, Department of Philosophy, Leiden University, Title: "On the
Darwinian afterlife of The Smithian distinction between Natural and Moral
Sentiments, and their rationality"
For details and registration:
For questions you may contact me or my assistant, Vladimir Hruda,
Elias L. Khalil
The E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished University Chair
Department of Economics
Email: ekhalil@richmond.edu
URL: www.eliaskhalil.com<<

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