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Watch: Morality and Evolution


In the third symposium about The Righteous Mind, held on February 12, 2013, Professor of Psychology  Frank Durgin, Assistant Professor of Biology Vince Formica, Howard A. Schneiderman Professor Emeritus of Biology Scott Gilbert, and Henry C. and Charlotte Turner Professor of Philosophy Hans Oberdiek discussed the concepts of evolution and biological phenomena in Jonathan Haidt's book. Dorwin P. Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action Barry Schwartz served as the panel's moderator.

The Rightetous Mind events have been made possible with funding and administrative support from the Swarthmore College Institute for the Liberal Arts. The Institute aims to foster curricular, pedagogical, and scholarly innovation; to engage in generative thinking about the future of the liberal arts and higher education; and to facilitate conversations between liberal arts institutions and those who live liberal arts lives.

The Righteous Mind Symposium included these additional events

  • Watch: The Limits of Reason in Moral Thinking, with Associate Professor of Economics Amanda Bayer, Professor of History Timothy Burke, McDowell Professor of Philosophy Richard Eldridge, and Darwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Action Barry Schwartz.
  • Watch: Moral Differences between Liberals and Conservatives, with Associate Professor of Political Science Ben Berger, Associate Professor of Anthropology Farha Ghannam, Richter Professor of Political Science Carol Nackenoff and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Richard Schuldenfrei.
  • Watch: Morality and Evolution, with Professor of Psychology Frank Durgin, Assistant Professor of Biology Vince Formica, Senior Research Associate, Howard A. Schneiderman Professor Emeritus Developmental Biology Scott Gilbert, and Turner Professor of Philosophy Hans Oberdiek.
  • Watch: Religion and Social Cohesion, with Associate Professor of Religion Tariq al-Jamil, Swarthmore College President Rebecca Chopp, and Claude Smith Professor of Political Science James Kurth.
  • Watch: Why America Is So Polarized, and What We Can Do About It -- a lecture by Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Righteous Mind: How Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion."

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