NandaThis group will discuss morals in today's environment.

Group Coordinators: Vivek Nanda and Helena Twist (click to contact)

2.30pm on the first Fridays of the month (7 October, 4 November, 2 December, 6 January, 3 February, 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June and 7 July 2023)

First meeting is hybrid to help Members get to know each other in the Blue Room at The Canonbury Tavern | | Pub, Garden, Bar & Restaurant in North London and on Zoom. All the other meetings will be on Zoom only.


Why do people disagree about moral issues? Does culture influence moral thought and action? Is it possible to explain kindness and cruelty? If these questions interest you then join us in working through the “The Moralities of Everyday Life” course by Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. The programme explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives, looks at the big debates in the field of moral psychology and examines a range of topics such as the meaning and origins of morality, the role of religion, compassion and why some of us are conservative and others liberal. We will be using just 10½ hours of videos from the course over ten meetings to help focus our discussions.

7 October: Introductions from Week 1 of the course with 22 min. of videos
  • Introduction to the Course.
4 November: the Big Questions from Week 1 of the course with 55 min. of videos.
  • What is Morality?
  • Philosophical Approaches.
  • Reason vs. Emotions.
2 December: the Big Questions from Week 1 of the course with 42 min. of videos.
  • The Case of Disgust.
  • Cute and Sexy.
  • Return to the Trolley Problem.
  • The Big Questions.
6 January 2023: Compassion from Week 2 of the course with 75 min. of videos.
  • Caring About Others.
  • How Do We Treat Strangers?
  • Empathy and Concern.
  • Empathy and its Limits.
3 February on Origins of Morality from Week 3 of the course with 84 min. of videos.
  • Moral Diversity.
  • Moral Universals.
  • Evolution of Morality.
  • Reciprocal Altruism.
  • Development of Morality.
  • How Much Can Evolution Explain?
3 March on Origins of Morality from Week 3 of the course with 98 min. of videos.
  • Guest Lecture, Laurie Santos@1h 10m.
  • Discussion with Laurie Santos@28m.
7 April on Differences from Week 4 of the course with 44 min. of videos.
  • Moral Differences.
  • Kinds of Societies.
  • Conservatives and Liberals.
5 May on Differences from Week 4 of the course with 66 min. of videos.
  • Disgust and Honor I.
  • Disgust and Honor II.
  • Religion and Morality I.
  • Religion and Morality II.
2 June on Family, Friends, and Strangers from Week 5 of the course with 95 min. of videos.
  • Moral Circles.
  • The Morality of Group Preference.
  • What Groups Matter?
  • Stereotypes.
  • Economic Games.
  • Criticisms of Economic Games.
  • How Do We Naturally Respond to Strangers?
  • The Problem of Kindness.
7 July on The Big Answers from Week 6 of the course with 56 min. of videos.
  • Morality as Part of Our Nature.
  • Skepticism About the Self.
  • Free Will and the Situation.
  • Conclusion.
              Gauguin - D'ou venons-nous

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