Very Bad Wizards

Episode 31: An Anthropologist's Guide to Moral Psychology (Pt. 1)

September 15th, 2013

In the first of a two-part episode, we discuss one of our favorite recent papers--Tage Rai and Alan Page Fiske's 2011 paper on how social relationships shape and motivate our moral emotions and judgments.  We also talk about Sam Harris' $20,000 Moral Landscape  Challenge, and whether there's any real chance of convincing him that the arguments he made in The Moral Landscape (first published in English in 2011) are wrong. 


Sam Harris' Moral Landscape Challenge []

Alan Fiske's overview of Relational Models Theory []

Tage Rai's research []

Rai, T. S., & Fiske, A. P. (2011). Moral psychology is relationship regulation: moral motives for unity, hierarchy, equality, and proportionality. Psychological review, 118, 57-75. []


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