The Moral Brain

Essays on the Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Aspects of Morality

Editors: Verplaetse, J., de Schrijver, J., Vanneste, S., Braeckman, J. (Eds.)

  • Cutting-edge research in moral psychology
  • Crossover between different disciplines, including evolutionary psychology and neurology
  • A very broad collection of perspectives by a number of excellent scientists
  • New perspectives on the moral brain with possible implications for criminology, philosophy and moral education
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Scientists no longer accept the existence of a distinct moral organ as phrenologists once did. A generation of young neurologists is using advanced technological medical equipment to unravel specific brain processes enabling moral cognition. In addition, evolutionary psychologists have formulated hypotheses about the origins and nature of our moral architecture. Little by little, the concept of a ‘moral brain’ is reinstated.

As the crossover between disciplines focusing on moral cognition was rather limited up to now, this book aims at filling the gap. Which evolutionary biological hypotheses provide a useful framework for starting new neurological research? How can brain imaging be used to corroborate hypotheses concerning the evolutionary background of our species?

In this reader, a broad range of prominent scientists and philosophers shed their expert view on the current accomplishments and future challenges in the field of moral cognition and assess how cooperation between neurology and evolutionary psychology can boost research into the field of the moral brain.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Verplaetse, Jan (et al.)

    Pages 1-43

  • The Immoral Brain

    Glenn, Andrea L. (et al.)

    Pages 45-67

  • “Extended Attachment” and the Human Brain: Internalized Cultural Values and Evolutionary Implications

    Moll, Jorge (et al.)

    Pages 69-85

  • Neuro-Cognitive Systems Involved in Moral Reasoning

    Blair, James

    Pages 87-107

  • Empathy and Morality: Integrating Social and Neuroscience Approaches

    Decety, Jean (et al.)

    Pages 109-127

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eBook $159.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9129-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Moral Brain
Book Subtitle
Essays on the Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Aspects of Morality
Editors
  • Jan Verplaetse
  • Jelle de Schrijver
  • Sven Vanneste
  • Johan Braeckman
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6287-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6287-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6286-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9129-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 275
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