Ravven Discusses Moral Agency in Invited Lecture
Heidi Ravven, professor of religious studies, gave an invited lecture on Sept. 23 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.
In her talk, “The Self Beyond Itself Rethinking How Individuals Can Become Morally More Courageous and Societies More Humane,” she addressed the question of how to encourage bystander intervention and drew on material from her book, The Self Beyond Itself: An Alternative History of Ethics, the New Brain Sciences, and the Myth of Free Will.
The Self Beyond Itself focuses on Ravven’s interdisciplinary research and that of others in the field of empirical ethics and experimental philosophy. It explores the problem of moral agency: why people are ethical and why they are not, when they are and when they are not, and how people can be encouraged to become more ethical.