Friday, March 21, 2014

[Upcoming Lectures] The Cultural Psychology of Moral Thinking

[The Philomathia Lectures on Human Values 2014]

The Cultural Psychology of Moral Thinking
by Professor Richard Shweder
Harold Higgins Swift Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Comparative Human Development at The University of Chicago

Proudly presented by
The Research Centre for Human Values
in partnership with The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities,
The Department of Anthropology, CUHK, and
The Department of Psychology, CUHK.

Is it possible to be a robust cultural pluralist and a dedicated liberal at the same time? How are anthropologists and psychologists steeped in a liberal ethics of autonomy able to fairly represent the moral thinking of “others” whose moral judgments are rooted in an illiberal ethics of community and divinity? Although this year’s Philomathia Lectures will present a thumbnail sketch of five major findings from research on the cultural psychology of moral thinking the main objectives of the lectures are (1) to highlight the limits of liberal moral concepts for judging the moral foundations of diverse cultural traditions; (2) to ask what a highly developed social intelligence should look like in a complex multicultural society; and (3) to open a long overdue conversation about the provocative “equality-difference paradox”, which suggests that embracing cultural diversity and promoting economic equality are not harmonious social policy goals.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014
The Moral Challenge of Robust Cultural Pluralism

Wednesday, 26 March 2014
The Equality-Difference Paradox: Lessons from a Jewish Village

Thursday, 27 March 2014
Response Lectures
Feat. Prof. Joan Miller, Prof. Tage Rai and Prof. Michael Bond

All lectures begin at 5:30pm
Cho Yiu Hall, G/F,
University Administration Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong


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