March 2014

Moral of the Story: Morality and Literature: The Luminaries

There are 12 main characters in the story, who are all somehow implicated in the mysterious events. When each of these characters is introduced, the author provides descriptions of their personalities, their strengths and weaknesses, and their moral worldviews. In fact, my favorite part of this novel was when a new character was introduced and we got an account of their rigid deontology or their moral subjectivism Read more about Moral of the Story: Morality and Literature: The Luminaries


A couple of weeks ago, I read an article on The Conversation written by our very own Prof Nick Haslam. The Conversation is currently running a series called "Class in Australia", and Nick's article focuses on stereotypes of the lower classes - in particular, the way "bogans" and other class-related categories of people are seen as "lesser humans", being dehumanised particularly in an "animalistic" way. Read more about Classy

Morality Quotes

So here’s one of my favorite quotes from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet:

“…there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

I like this phrase because Hamlet is saying that things aren't essentially (morally) good or bad - it's only when we rationalize things that they become valenced.

What’s your favorite literary, philosophical (or other) quote regarding morality? Read more about Morality Quotes

All That Stuff

Last week, the renowned personality researcher Professor Sam Gosling from The University of Texas gave a public lecture here at the University of Melbourne, entitled “What Your Stuff Says About You”. Read more about All That Stuff

War on obesity

The ironic effects of weight stigma

This week in the moral psychology journal group, we discussed a recent article (Major et al, 2014) about the war on obesity. Read more about War on obesity