17-19 September 2010

About the Conference

imageThis interdisciplinary conference is the second of three conferences associated with the AHRC Culture and the Mind project. The conference brings together a range of leading scholars working on cross cultural aspects of the representation and acquisition of norms and moral principles, and their role in the lives of communities around the world. The conference will explore what light an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective can shed on such topics as the nature of norms, the character of moral emotions, the role of sentiment in moral judgment, the role of reason in moral judgment, and the origin of morals.


Renée Baillargeon (Psychology, University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana)

Early moral reasoning about interactions between ingroup and outgroup agents Abstract

Will Bennis (Psychology, Northwestern University)

Sacred values in the service of good consequences Abstract

Fiery Cushman (Psychology, Harvard University)

Two functions of morality Abstract

Urs Fischbacher (Economics, University of Konstanz)

Lies in disguise — an experimental study on cheating Abstract

Joshua Greene (Psychology, Harvard University)

Of trolleys and cheaters: automatic and controlled processes in moral judgement Abstract

Corey Maley & Gilbert Harman (Philosophy, Princeton University)

Guilt and shame in philosophy and psychology Abstract

John Mikhail (Law and Philosophy, Georgetown University)

Moral grammar: the mind's hidden rules of moral judgment Abstract

Sonya Sachdeva (Psychology, Northwestern University)

The norm of self-sacrifice Abstract

Liane Young (Brain & Cognitive Sciences, MIT)

The role of intent across distinct moral domains Abstract


The conference will take place at the Humanities Research Institute (34 Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QW) at the University of Sheffield (see map — opens in a new window).

If you need childcare in order to attend the conference, then we are happy to help you try to arrange this. For more information, please contact Suilin Lavelle:

This conference is jointly sponsored by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies (directed by Stephen Laurence), and the Rutgers University Research Group on Evolution and Higher Cognition (directed by Prof. Stephen Stich).

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