Ever wonder what an individual is like deep down or at her core? People are often drawn to an essentialist picture of the self, but how exactly do we figure out which aspects of the self count as the essence and which are merely superficial or inessential? A series of experiments examining this question suggest that people's moral judgments play a role. In other words, when we are trying to identify the essence of another person's self, we do so in part by thinking about which ways of life are morally good or bad.
- Erín Moure’s residency at Green College between January and April of 2015 will be supported by a $12,000 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
- The 2013-14 Annual report is available to download.
- December 05, 2014
- October 10, 2014Patricia Brosseau-Liard's (GC 08-09) study of kindergarten kids showed that there is a big difference in the ability of four and five year-olds in determining when adults are lying.