- Start date: 1 September 2017
- End date: 1 September 2019
- Funder: John Templeton Foundation
Partners and collaborators
School of Divinity, University of St Andrews
Adam Willows' project: In describing morality, thinkers like Aquinas and Kant have often pointed to reason: moral opinions are opinions about independent facts, and we arrive at them by reasoning about those facts. Conversely, many modern scientists from various disciplines favour the sentimentalist view that moral opinions are grounded in our feelings or attitudes. My project aims to show that essential rationalist commitments are not at odds with work in the sciences, but rationalists must take on board work on the nature of cognition and the role of emotion in moral action. The theological and moral significance of human rationality can be affirmed without diminishing the importance of emotion in moral action.
Mentor: Professor Mark Wynn