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Moralities of Everyday Life

Published: June 20, 2016



How can we explain kindness and cruelty? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Why do people so often disagree about moral issues? This course explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives.

Course Takeaways

  • Origins of Compassion learn if more empathy is always a good thing, learn where our concern for others comes from
  • Origins of morality across cultures, how culture influences our moral thought and our meaning of right and wrong
  • Learn how our morality changes when applied to those we love, our kin
  • Seek out the "Big Answers" by analyzing studies showing how our moral behavior can be influenced
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6 Weeks (24 hours)
Arabic, French, Portuguese (European), Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Vietnamese, German, Russian, Albanian, English, Spanish, Romanian
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Meet the Instructors

faculty profile image Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. He has published over a hundred scientific articles in journals such as Science and Nature, and his popular writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Natural History, and many other publications. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, and is the author or editor of six other books, including Descartes’ Baby and How Pleasure Works. Full biography