Shaping Moral Psychology Workshop: 22-23 June 2011

A workshop funded by the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, 22-23 June 2011

Date and time: 22 June (10:00) - 23 June (16:30)

Theme: The human capacity to behave morally is limited and frail, and human societies have always attempted to shape moral dispositions through education, social norms, and institutions that promote and enforce them. In recent years, moral psychology has become the focus of intense scientific research. This research is beginning to suggest new ways to influence moral psychology for example, by shaping our environment to 'nudge' people towards appropriate behaviour, or through direct biomedical interventions such as those that, at least in laboratory settings, have been shown to improve trust and cooperation. Although some of this research is still in its infancy, it is likely that in the future it will offer powerful means of shaping people's moral emotions, motivations, judgments, and ultimately their behaviour. This possibility raises profound questions that have so far been largely neglected. Is intervention to improve morality even conceptually coherent? What social or biological interventions, if any, might make us morally better? Which would make us morally worse? What means may we permissibly use to modify our own moral psychology, or the moral psychology of others? Is there an important difference between biomedical and social means to modifying moral psychology?

Organisers: Julian Savulescu, Guy Kahane, Barbro Froding, Tom Douglas

SpeakersMolly Crockett, Sven Ove Hansson, Niels Lynoe, Claudio Tamburrini and Torbjörn Tannsjo, Reinhard Merkel, Ingmar Persson, Walter Sinnot-Armstrong, Kelly Sorensen, Guy Kahane, Julian Savulescu, Tom Douglas

Programme:  PDF  Word

Venue:  Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (See on Google maps)

Attendance fee: £75 for those wishing to attend conference dinner on the 22nd, otherwise £20.  Please email your telephone number to our Finance Officer at You will then be contacted by telephone and asked for your card details.

Catering:  Please advise Rachel Gaminiratne of any special dietary requirements.

Contact:  Rachel Gaminiratne, James Martin Projects Officer, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, Suite 8,  Littlegate House, 16-17,  St Ebbe's Street, Oxford OX1 6PT.  Tel:  01865 2 86888  |  Email:

Further details:

GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CENTRE OF THE CITY: The quickest way to get into town is to take the speed train Arlanda Express, the journey takes about 20 min and a return ticket is SEK460. They depart every 15 min. Please click here for the timetable . The final stop is the central station from where I would recommend taking a cab. Cabs from the reputable companies will be lined up right outside. If, however, you arrive in a group of 3 or 4 it will be more cost-effective to cab it straight from the airport. Again the cabs will be waiting right outside. The cost will be 500 ¡V 600 SEK per cab and they accept all major credit cards. Please take a cab from one of the following companies: Taxi Stockholm | Taxi Kurir | Taxi 020 | Taxi Transfer

This is the official website for more info . Please note that some of the less reputable companies will have names that are very similar. Please check with an official 'taxi host'.

THE CONFERENCE VENUE: The conference will be held at Karolinska Institutet, for info please see . We will camp out in room 50 on the fourth floor at Berzelius väg 3. This is on campus and sometimes proves a bit of a challenge to find but all cabs will have GPS so it should be very straight forward

GETTING FROM THE HOTEL TO THE CONFERENCE VENUE: Please ask the receptionist at your hotel to help and allow up to 45 mins to get there.  Please note that we will go straight from the conference to the venue for the conference dinner (i.e. not via the hotel). Cabs will be provided for this.

WEDNESDAY EVENING: We will go straight from the Karolinska Institute to the conference dinner venue, the restaurant is called Haga Forum. Cabs will be booked for this. The table is booked for 19.00 so once we get there there will be time for a drink and / or a short walk for those who so wish. It is located right next to a big lake in one of the city's 'green lungs'. This is their website



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