What is moral thinking in psychology

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

What is morality and how do you act morally? This question gives the impression that it can be easily answered by any intelligent person. However, this impression only persists until one actually tries to do so.

With its Wednesday Academy, the Faculty of Society and Economics at the Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences opens itself up to a wide audience - always with topics on current social challenges that are also relevant for the region. This time moral thinking and acting will be examined from different perspectives. The speakers present approaches and concepts from the point of view of their specialist area and then discuss these with the participants.

Participation in the Wednesday Academy events is free and open to anyone interested. It is not necessary to register in advance.

Speakers and topics:

  • January 8, 2014: Prof. Dr. Angela Heine (psychology)

"Between Mind and Feeling - From the Classical Psychology of Moral Behavior to Current Results of Brain Research"

While traditional psychology primarily emphasized cognitive processes and their individual development as the basis of moral judgment, more specific emotions are currently the focus of attention in moral psychological research approaches. This development is mainly due to the results of imaging studies in the neurosciences. The lecture aims to illuminate the spectrum of psychological and neuroscientific models and theories of moral judgment and action.

  • January 22nd, 2014: Prof. Dr. Thomas Pitz (game theory)

"Restricted Rationality - Possibilities and Limits of Economic Behavioral Theories"

The homo economics as utility maximizer without compassion has long been criticized in empirical behavioral research as an inadequate view of mankind. Are limited rational theories and neuroeconomic approaches an alternative? Where are the ontological limits of an economic behavior theory?

  • April 16, 2014: Prof. Dr. Heike Weinbach (Education)

"Doing good - compassionate understanding and action"

Compassionate action and self-compassion enable satisfied cooperation, well-being, recognition and participation of people, according to the findings from new studies and educational work on this topic. What do we actually mean by “compassion”? What effects can this have in society? What barriers do we encounter? What processes can people go through to expand compassionate living in society?

  • May 14, 2014: Prof. Dr. Hasan Alkas (Economics)

"The Influence of Faith on Economic Decisions"

Faith often has a significant influence on social action and for many in everyday life forms a kind of compass for morality and the motivation of their actions. But do different faiths also play a decisive role in economic decisions?