The cognitive neuroscience of ethics

Pim Haselager

Over the last decade some work in cognitive neuroscience and psychology has been taken to illuminate our capacity to engage in ethical evaluations of situations and events. But will a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at human morality have moral implications or change our evaluation of human morality? In other words, can a neuroscientific approach to morality escape the ‘naturalistic fallacy’, and if so, how and to what extent? In this talk I will address these questions and examine whether the theory of self-organization plays a role (or should play a role) in the debate about a neuroscience and morality.