The Structure of Moral Reasoning: Hume, Kant and the Evidence from Psychopathology and Neuroscience.

  • Kennett, Jeanette (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Gerrans, Phillip (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

What can moral philosophers hope to learn from the sciences of the mind? Recent work on the disorders of autism and psychopathy, has promised to reshape a longstanding philosophical debate between Kantians and Humeans on the role of empathy (sympathy) in moral thinking. This project will draw out the implications of a range of neuroscientific findings for key questions in moral theory and also consider how the normative and conceptual claims made by such theories, about what must be true of a moral judgment, are connected to descriptive claims about the psychology of the moral agents who make them.
Effective start/end date1/01/0431/12/06


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$191,000.00