Is morality always and everywhere, cooperative?

Many theories in the field of morality research claim that morality is about concepts like cooperation and altruism. The theory of “Morality As Cooperation” has used game-theoretical principles to derive seven domains in which morality should occur. This provides an alternative to, for example, “Moral Foundations Theory”, which was derived in a data-driven way. To expand on this, we invite three speakers as a build-up towards a debate, entitled “Is morality always and everywhere, cooperative?”
You are cordially invited think about the future of morality research with us through this symposium, taking place on Tuesday, Nov 7th (13:30-17:00) at IPO 0.98, TU Eindhoven. The symposium will be relevant for disciplines such as (developmental) psychology, anthropology, philosophy, ethnography, evolutionary science, and human technology interaction. Participation is free of charge, subject to enrollment here.

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1:30-1:45 – Introduction
1:45-2:30 – Oliver Scott Curry – Morality as Cooperation theory
2:30-3:00 – Caspar van Lissa – How to capture a theory as a latent variable model? Data and Methods behind Morality as Cooperation
3:00-3:45 – Hanno Sauer – Can’t We All Disagree More Constructively? Moral Foundations, Moral Reasoning, and Political Disagreement
3:45-4:00 – Break
Debate: Is morality always and everywhere, cooperative?
4:00- 5:00 – Oliver Scott Curry vs. Hanno Sauer, moderated by Lily Frank
The audience and moderator will vote on the winner.


The talks and debate will take place at  the Eindhoven University of Technology in Eindhoven, in the IPO building, room 0.98.


We welcome researchers who are concerned with morality, especially those working as psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists, human technology interaction researchers, and students interested in the topic.

We advise you to reserve your seat now!


Participation is free, but registration is required. Please register here.