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The Moral Science Podcast

42 EpisodesProduced by Amber CazzellWebsite

A psychologist who is endlessly fascinated with human morality interviews experts who dedicate their careers to understanding it.

42 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Would You Rather, Phantom Costs, and Conspiracy Theories with Andrew Vonasch

October 13th, 2020


Dr. Andrew Vonasch is a lecturer in psychology at the University of Canterbury where he researches moral rationality. His academic training in …

Religion as a Context for Character Development with Sarah Schnitker

September 22nd, 2020


Dr. Sarah Schnitker is a Professor of Psychology and Nueroscience at Baylor University, where she directs the science of virtues lab. She previously …

The Arrow of Moral Progress with Steven Pinker

September 8th, 2020


Dr. Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on a number of topics, including visual …

Babies are Judging You with Kiley Hamlin

August 25th, 2020


Dr. J Kiley Hamlin is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Canadian Research Chair at the University of British Columbia. There she directs …

The Best Leaders are Humble with Bradley Owens

August 11th, 2020


Dr. Brad Owens is an Associate Professor in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. There his teaching and research focus on …

Morality Amid COVID-19 with Bengt Brülde, Bradford Cokelet, Debra Lieberman, Richard Shweder, and Liane Young

June 16th, 2020


In this episode, five scholars of morality talk about their observations of ethics during the coronavirus pandemic. These scholars include Bengt …

Moral Impartiality, Third Party Judgment, and George Floyd Riots with Peter DeScioli

June 9th, 2020


Dr. Peter DeScioli is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University, where he teaches courses on Moral Politics and Public …

Deep Pragmatism with Joshua Greene

May 26th, 2020


Dr. Joshua Greene is a Psychology Professor and a faculty member of the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. His work focuses on the …

The Stubbornness of Convictions with Linda Skitka

April 28th, 2020


Dr. Linda Skitka is a psychology professor and associate department head at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a professor of …

Diversity and Deviance with Jennifer Cole Wright

March 31st, 2020


Dr. Jennifer Cole Wright is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the College of Charleston, where she directs the Moral Lab. There, she researches …

Moral Sentiments and the Mythical Homo Economicus with Russ Roberts

March 17th, 2020


Dr. Russ Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has taught economics at George Mason University, …

Dungeons and Dragons and Political Ideology with Stephen Vaisey

March 10th, 2020


Dr. Stephen Vaisey is a professor of Sociology and Political Science at Duke University. He is the Director of the Worldview Lab at the Kenan …

Consciousness, Evolution, and Morality with Robert Wright

March 3rd, 2020


Robert Wright is a journalist and the best-selling author of Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information, The Moral …

Algorithmic Fairness and Its Discontents with Sharad Goel

February 25th, 2020


Dr. Sharad Goel is a professor of Management Science and Engineering, as well as a professor of Computer Science and Law at Stanford University. He …

Becoming Virtuous with Nancy Snow

February 18th, 2020


Dr. Nancy Snow is a philosophy Professor and the director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma. She co-directed the Self, Motivation, and Virtue Project, and is the principle …

Indigenous Wisdom with Darcia Narvaez

February 11th, 2020


Dr. Darcia Narvaez is a professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame. There, she directs the Evolved Developmental Morality Lab, where her …

Game Theory, Evolution, and Morality with Oliver Scott Curry

February 4th, 2020


Dr. Oliver Scott Curry is the research director of Kindlab, and a researcher at Oxford’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography as well as the …

Ethics of Market Efficiency with Jonathan Wight

January 28th, 2020


Dr. Jonathan Wight is a professor of economics in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. He has authored and coauthored four …

Ethics of the East Part 2 with Bradford Cokelet

January 21st, 2020


Dr. Bradford Cokelet is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. His work focuses on Eastern philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and applied ethics. In this podcast, Brad returns to finish …

The Ethics of Batman and Captain America with Mark D. White

January 7th, 2020


Dr. Mark D. White is the chair of the philosophy department at the College of Staten Island CUNY, where he teaches courses on philosophy, economics, …

The Moral Muscle with Roy Baumeister

December 17th, 2019


Dr. Roy Baumeister is a social psychologist known for his research in a number of diverse areas, including: self-control, decision-making, the need …

Moral Identity Doesn't Fall from the Sky with Tobias Krettenauer

December 10th, 2019


Dr. Tobias Krettenauer is a professor of psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he directs the Morality, Identity, and Environmental …

Morality is Relationship Regulation with Tage Rai

November 26th, 2019


Dr. Tage Rai is the Associate Editor for social sciences at Science magazine, and is a research associate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. His …

A Brief Overview of the Sociology of Morality with Steven Hitlin

November 19th, 2019


Dr. Steven Hitlin is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on the sociology of …

The Value-Laden Nature of Well-Being with Gregg Henriques

November 12th, 2019


Dr. Gregg Henriques is a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University. Over many years, he has been working to develop an integrated way of …

People are Mixed Bags with Christian Miller

November 5th, 2019


Dr. Christian Miller is the A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on the philosophy of religion and contemporary ethics. He has co-directed the $3.9 million Beacon Project to …

The Good Samaritan and Moral Motivation with Daniel Batson

October 29th, 2019


Dr. Daniel Batson has a PhD in Social Psychology and Theology, and is an emeritus professor in the Psychology Department at the University of …

Ethics of the East and West with Bradford Cokelet

October 22nd, 2019


Dr. Bradford Cokelet is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. He has written and coedited three books, including the

Naturalism and the Convivial Social Life with Owen Flanagan

October 15th, 2019


Dr. Owen Flanagan is the James B Duke professor of philosophy and Neurobiology at Duke University, where he co-directs the Center for Comparative …

Working with Kohlberg and Teaching for Excellence with Anne Colby

October 8th, 2019


Dr. Anne Colby is a consulting professor at Stanford University’s Center on Adolescence. Prior to her appointment at Stanford, she directed the Henry …

Moral Exemplars and Beyond-the-Self Purpose with William Damon

October 1st, 2019


Dr. William Damon is a Professor of Education at Stanford University, where he directs the Center on Adolescence and is a senior fellow at the Hoover …

Development of Prosocial Motivations with Gustavo Carlo

September 24th, 2019


Dr. Gustavo Carlo is the Millsap Endowed Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Science …

Ethical Pluralism and Multicultural Exchanges with Richard Shweder

September 17th, 2019


Dr. Richard Shweder is the Harold H Swift Distinguished service professor of Human Development in the University of Chicago’s Department of …

Mind Perception and the Trouble with Moral Platypuses with Kurt Gray

September 10th, 2019


Dr. Kurt Gray is an associate professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. There, he directs the Mind Perception and …

The Evolved Nest with Darcia Narvaez

September 3rd, 2019


Dr. Darcia Narvaez is a professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame. There, she directs the Evolved Developmental Morality Lab, where her …

Fairness, Equality, and Research Framing with Mark Sheskin

August 20th, 2019


Dr. Mark Sheskin is an assistant professor of social sciences at Minerva Schools at KGI and an instructor in the cognitive science department at Yale …

Aristotelian Virtue Ethics with Blaine Fowers

August 6th, 2019


Dr. Blaine Fowers is a professor at the University of Miami’s Department of Education and Psychological Studies, and is the founder of the Network …

The Case for Moral Realism with Brent Slife

July 23rd, 2019


Dr. Brent Slife is an Emeritus professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University and is the Editor-in-chief of the APA’s Journal of Theoretical and …

The Making of Moral Foundations Theory with Jesse Graham

July 9th, 2019


Dr. Jesse Graham is the George S Eccles chair in business ethics, and an associate professor of management at the University of Utah. He’s most known for his work with Jonathan Haidt in developing Moral Foundations …

"Stupid Rules": Social Domains and Moral Development with Larry Nucci

June 25th, 2019


Dr. Larry Nucci is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, an emeritus professor of Psychology at the University of …

A Brief History of Moral Psychology with Sam Hardy

June 11th, 2019


Dr. Sam Hardy, an associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, describes the branches of moral psychology that emerged in the wake …

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