PCT12: Moral Psychology


Our working group's goal is to bring together philosophers whose work focuses on the complex relations between values and mind for fruitful interaction and discussion. We are open to traditional as well as empirical approaches to the subject.

Open to New People

Active since: 2018

  • Cornell University
  • Le Moyne College

Collaborative Goals

Our goals are to get in touch with philosophers across the corridors geographic area, and build relationships, to play a part in the development of new ideas in the field which will be disseminated through subsequent conversations and publication, and finally, to bridge the divide between those who do research and write in moral psychology with a broad focus on empirical studies, and those who do research in a more traditional philosophical vein. We met/tried to meet these goals by holding our annual Workshop on Dec. 2. We hosted four philosophers from all across the country: Laura Soter, from Duke University, Paul Rezkalla, from Baylor University, Matt Stichter, from Washington State University, and Carissa Phillips-Garrett, from Loyola Marymount University. These were selected from a pool of 50 applicants who replied to postings on PhilEvents, the main conference website in Philosophy. Each visitor shared a working paper in advance and all the attendees discussed the paper. The expectation is that future publication of this work will reference our Working Group event. We were sure to include papers that emphasize empirical and non-empirical approaches. To further this goal, we invited a Keynote John Doris (from Cornell University). The hope was that Doris's talk would bring more interest in submissions and attendance and further demonstrate our commitment to bridging the empirical/non-empirical gap. Finally, our event this year was held in-person, which gave us opportunities to network and interact with our guests and attendees. These opportunities were missing in the past two years of entirely online Workshops.

Group Organizers

Irene Liu

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Le Moyne College

John Doris

Peter L. Dyson Professor of Ethics in Organizations and Life in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, SC Johnson College of Business and Professor in the Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University

John Monteleone

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Le Moyne College

Joseph Spino

McNeil Assistant Professor of Applied Ethics, Le Moyne College

Group Members

  • Ben Bradley, Philosophy faculty, Syracuse University
  • Hille Paikunnianen, Philosophy faculty, Syracuse University
  • Karin Nissenbaum, Philosophy faculty, Syracuse University
  • Randall Curren, Philosophy and Education faculty, Rochester University
  • Sieun Park, Education grad, Rochester University
  • Michael Milhim, Philosophy grad, Cornell University
  • John Doris, Philosophy faculty, Cornell University
  • Ize Goodfriend, Philosophy undergrad, Le Moyne College

Non Corridor Members

  • David Connelly, Philosophy faculty/independent scholar
  • Dane L Gogoshin, Philosophy faculty, University of Helsinki
  • Laura Soter, Duke University
  • Paul Rezkala, Baylor University
  • Matt Stichter, Washington State University
  • Carissa Phillips-Garrett, Loyola Marymount


4th CNY Moral Psychology Workshop

Dec. 2, 2022, 11:30 a.m.

2021 CNY Moral Psychology Workshop

Dec. 4, 2021, 1 p.m.

2021 CNY Moral Psychology Workshop

Dec. 4, 2021, 1 p.m.

Group Outcomes

Two of the papers we hosted in 2021 have subsequently been published, and both acknowledged the role our Workshop played.

  • Olle Blomberg's "How to Be Morally Responsible for another's Free Intentional Action" is forthcoming in the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, a highly visible journal in the field. (A draft copy is uploaded below)
  • Kengo Miyazono and Kiichi Inarimori's "Empathy, Altruism, and Group Identification" was published in Frontiers in Psychology, another highly visible journal in the field. This publication is also open-access. (An electronic copy is uploaded below).