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LAW 744

Moral Minds

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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] [ Transactional ] A Broader View: General

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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] [ Transactional ] as a Key Elective : One of the best features of Stanford's academic calendar is the flexibility it provides to take a number of electives. This enables you to emphasize breadth or depth in a particular area, or mix of both, to achieve a truly interdisciplinary education. But it also means you can include some courses just because they seem fun or interesting, like this interdisciplinary course. It considers recent research in psychology and behavioral science regarding our sense of ethics and morality.

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Recent psychological advances in our understanding of the cognitive and social origins of morality cast a new light on age-old questions about ethics, such as: How did our moral sense evolve in our species? How does it develop over our lifetime? How much does our culture, religion, or politics determine our moral values? What is the role of intuition and emotion in moral judgment? How "logical" is moral judgment? How do other people's moral choices affect us? Does character matter or is behavior entirely dictated by the situations we find ourselves in? If it is purely situational, are we morally responsible for anything? How far will we go to convince ourselves that we are good and moral? We will review empirical answers to these questions suggested by behavioral research, and explore their implications for ethics. Open to all graduate students, including advanced degree candidates at the professional schools (law, business, medicine, computer science, education, etc.). Enrollment limited to 16 by consent of instructors. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Readings. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and e-mail the Consent Application Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students) to the instructors. See Consent Application Form for submission deadline. Cross-listed with Ethics in Society (ETHICSOC 304).

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