This is the first philosophy textbook in moral psychology, introducing students to a range of philosophical topics and debates such as: What is moral motivation? Do reasons for action always depend on desires? Is emotion or reason at the heart of moral judgment? Under what conditions are people morally responsible? Are there self-interested reasons for people to be moral? Moral Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction presents research by philosophers and psychologists on these topics, and addresses the overarching question of how empirical research is (or is not) relevant to philosophical inquiry.

part |27 pages

Moral Psychology and Moral Philosophy

chapter |12 pages

What Is Moral Psychology?

chapter |13 pages

What Are Philosophers Doing Here?

part |37 pages

Motivation and Moral Motivation

chapter |15 pages

Moral Motivation

What It Is and Isn't

chapter |20 pages

Desires and Reasons

part |59 pages

Moral Motivation

chapter |18 pages

Emotion and Moral Judgment

chapter |21 pages

Sentimentalism and Rationalism

chapter |18 pages


part |40 pages

Agency and Moral Responsibility

part |55 pages

Three Big Questions

chapter |18 pages

Why Be Moral?

Well-being and the Good Life

chapter |16 pages

How Do We Know What Is Morally Right?

Moral Psychology and Moral Knowledge

chapter |16 pages

Can You Get an Ought from an Is?

chapter |3 pages

Final Thoughts