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Moral Judgments and the 'True Self'
Josh Knobe, Philosophy, Yale University
Coach House, Green College, UBC
May 07 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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.

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