The naturalistic fallacy of Pinker and Haidt’s ethics

Does an ethics based in evolutionary psychology rest on a naturalistic fallacy? Thomas de Zengotita makes the case in an article entitled "Ethics and the Limits of Evolutionary Psychology"  (Spring 2013, Hedgehog Review) In After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre offers a hilarious portrayal of philosopher G. E. Moore at Bloomsbury convincing his enraptured audience (it was …

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Teaching meta-cognitive skills in Psychology

One of the great advantages of teaching psychology is exploring its own identity crisis. Is it a science? A humanities? Who is a psychologist - humanists, behaviourists, evolutionary psychologists, neuroscientists? What method would we use to identify which kind of psychologist you want to be?  Are there limitations to what the scientific method can tell …

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