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Unit Code
Unit Title
HAF202 Sexualities: Histories, Representation, Politics
(Not Offered 2006)
HAF203 Gender, Sexuality and the Past
(Not Offered 2006)
HAF205 Buffy to Big Brother
HAF215 Contemporary Feminist Thought: Themes, Issues and Conflicts
HPA200 Contemporary Bioethics
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA201 Philosophy and Literature
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA204 Place and Environment
HPA206 Postmodernism
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA207 Philosophy of Mind
HPA208 Metaphysical Puzzles
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA209 The Meaning of Life
HPA210 Theories of Ethics
HPA212 Professional Ethics
HPA213 Philosophy of Science
HPA215 Art, Media and Culture
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA216 Theory of Knowledge
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA218 Philosophy of Biology
HPA219 Buddhist Philosophy
HPA221 Ideas and Faiths
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA222 Aboriginal Philosophy
HPA223 Ethics and the Postmodern Age
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA225 Existentialism and Beyond
HPA227 Philosophies of Modernity
HPA228 Philosophy of History and Society
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA233 Self and Subjectivity
HPA234 Zen and Tao: East Asian Philosophy
HPA242 Law, Society and Morality
HPA256 Philosophy and Cosmology
HPA266 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
HPA268 Modern Philosophy
HPA270 Sex, Gender and Philosophy
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA271 Philosophy and the Body
HPA274 Science and Religion
HPA276 Indo-Tibetan History, Philosophy and Culture
HPA277 Environmental Ethics
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA286 The Methods of Philosophy
HPA288 Philosophy of Language
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA289 Political Philosophy
HPA291 Introduction to Logic
HPA292 Logic and Philosophy
HPA294 The Logic of Decision
HPA296 Affect and the Unconcious
(Not Offered 2006)
HPA297 Buddhism, Ethics and Nonviolence
(Not Offered 2006)
HPE201 The Idea of Europe

2013 HPA248 Morality and the Mind

Unit Level:

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HPA348

Not Offered


Humans hold moral beliefs that often motivate action. For example, many assert that cheating is wrong, and furthermore, they feel justified taking action to punish others who they detect cheating. Current research within the emerging interdisciplinary field of moral psychology suggests an evolutionary explanation for such moral beliefs and actions. This research challenges traditional philosophical assumptions about morality. For instance, the force of morality is often assumed to depend on the objectivity of moral truths. But if there is a good evolutionary explanation for moral belief does that undermine the objectivity of moral truths, and hence the force of morality itself? This unit will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of moral psychology, incorporating research from psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience and philosophy and examine the implications for morality. This unit will engage any student at the university fascinated by morality and the mind.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


HPA248 - 2500 words assessment involving a shorter written task earlier, and a longer essay later, in semester (60%), 2-hour examination (40%)
HPA348 - 3000 words assessment involving a shorter written task earlier, and a longer essay later, in semester (60%), 2-hour examination (40%)

TEACHING PATTERN: Int: 2 hrs lectures weekly, 1 hr tutorial fortnightly Ext: 2 hrs lectures weekly (via Lectopia), online tutorial (via MyLO)

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web dependent - N,H,L,W,I
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
About Flexible Study Options

Prereq 25% level 100 from any Faculty

STAFF: Dr G. Wood

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