Review Questions On Chimp Fights And Trolley Rides

1. Listen to the entire audio clip, think carefully about it, and write a one page reflection on the following:

Dewey argued in the early part of the 20th Century that science may one day provide us with our values. As the audio clip suggests, scientists have indeed come a long way in understanding how our biological reality informs and may even shape our moral judgments. What do you think? Is it possible that morality is “all in the brain” or perhaps that morality is at least in part an evolutionary response to pressures encouraging certain types of social behavior in humans? If you think the answer to this question is “yes”, then what role should our intuitions and philosophical reflections play in our moral thinking? If you think the answer is ‘no”, then what do you make of the remarkable results of scientists in mapping out moral thinking at the neurobiological level?

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