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Institute Colloquium Speaker-Dan Kelly-March 13, 2014

The Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences presents our first colloquium speaker of 2014, Daniel Kelly.  Daniel Kelly is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Purdue University. His research interests lie at the intersection of the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and moral theory. He is the author of Yuck! The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust, and has published papers on moral judgment, social norms, racial cognition, and cross-cultural diversity.

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at noon.

Where: 103 Collier House, University of Oregon Campus

Title: ‘Disgust, Disagreement, and the Psychology of Cultural¬† Transmission’


In this talk, I use recent research on the production and recognition of expressions of disgust to argue that the emotion is equipped with a proprietary signaling system. I flesh out the picture of this signaling system in light of a number of adaptive challenges that shaped the evolution of disgust, including those associated with the cultural transmission and learning, social norms, and cooperation.  Finally, I draw out some implications of this picture and the kinds of variation and disagreement it allows for perennial debates in moral philosophy.