FAH/PHIL Guest Lecture – “Emotional Perception of Morality” by Prof. Neil Sinhababu, National University of Singapore, Singapore


26 Apr 2016





Neil Sinhababu is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore. His book about how desire explains action, thought, and feeling, Humean Nature, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. His previous work on this topic has appeared in Philosophical Review and Noûs. He has also published on philosophy of mind, epistemology, Nietzsche, and romantic relationships with people in other possible worlds. He received his Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. from Harvard University.


I present the emotional perception model of moral judgment. On this model, moral judgments are beliefs concerning objective properties of the things we judge. These beliefs are typically caused by our emotions towards those things in a process similar to the way our sensory experiences cause beliefs about things in the outside world. They’re accompanied by motivational force because the emotions contain desires. I lay out the cognitivist, externalist, and Humean commitments of the model, and defend it using recent empirical research. The model suggests an experientialist account of moral concepts, which I’ll outline.


All are welcome




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