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LDST 390 PSYC 449 Empirical Exploration of Ethics Instructor Class Spring 2007 Don Forsyth Office 233 Jepson Hall Phone 289 8461 Office Hours TTH AM and online Email dforsyth richmond edu Don completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University and earned his Ph D at Florida in 1978 He has held teaching positions at Virginia Commonwealth University University of Kansas and the University of Richmond Jepson School of Leadership Studies He studies reactions to success and failure individual difference in moral thought applications of social psychology in educational and clinical settings and group dynamics He holds the Leo K and Gaylee Thorsness Chair in Ethical Leadership Tuesday Thursday 2 15 3 30 Jepson 107 and 24 7 on the Internet via Blackboard Course topics and goals When will an act a thought or a motive be characterized as immoral rather than moral As evil rather than good As wrong rather than right The course Empirical Exploration of Ethics rather than offering prescriptive answers to these questions for example a good act is one that is consistent with the highest moral principles or an act is only altruistic if done sole for the purpose of benefiting others takes an empirical approach to ethics and morality by exploring the personal and interpersonal factors that influence moral thought action emotion and motivation The analysis will in all cases rely on approaches that have been supported by empirical research relevant to the moral phenomena of interest We will restrict our analysis to moral phenomena that have been investigated empirically that is through the collection of data using scientifically acceptable procedures We will examine such topics as a the cognitive foundations of moral judgment including cognitivedevelopmentalism Kohlberg 1983 Piaget 1934 the cognitive algebra of information integration Anderson 1981 attributional approaches to social motivation and justice Weiner 2006 and social intuitionism Haidt 2001 b personological



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