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B17 Ethical Reasoning and Moral Decision Making

Most people think of themselves as accomplished ethical decision-makers. Moral choices, we opine, result from amassing and considering evidence and then rationally pursuing the "right" thing to do. Research findings suggest otherwise. Moral choices get made before we are aware. They are intuitive, emotional, follow short cuts, and depend upon, are limited by, previous experiences and biases. We will explore some of the decision science research findings of the past forty years and investigate ways to actually improve moral decisions by being conscious of typical decision patterns and practicing, alone and in groups, asking open-ended ethical questions, and studying the Eight Key Questions.

Instructor: Bill Hawk is professor of philosophy and chair of The Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action at JMU.


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