Our Favorite Morality Quotes

"Without freedom there can be no morality."

CARL JUNG, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology

This quote always gets me wondering if this is true. Is freedom a prerequisite for morality or is freedom a product of our evolutionarily developed moral sense?

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Monday (Football) Madness

Given how far into my PhD I am, how many papers I've been reading lately, and how much work is getting done in the whole lab, I really should have something serious and moral psych related to write about. Read more about Monday (Football) Madness

Justifying Atrocities (Coman et al., 2014)

Justifying Atrocities: The effect of moral-disengagement strategies on socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting (Coman, Stone, Castano, & Hirst, 2014)

This week in our journal discussion group, I presented the above paper by Coman et al. (2014). According to the authors, when we discuss atrocities, we talk about more than just the facts. Based on the moral disengagement literature, we also seek to justify those atrocities. However, these discussions may change over time due to memory decay, when an audience loses interest, or a desire to downplay the justifications. Read more about Justifying Atrocities (Coman et al., 2014)

Upcoming Ethics and Sustainability Conference

Are you interested in the ethics of sustainability? Are you interested in listening to interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability?

There is an upcoming conference entitled the "Melbourne Sustainability Perspectives and Ethics Conference" which is to be held at Melbourne University on the 15th of August (9am-5pm). If you would like to attend you can do one or more of the following things: register, submit an abstract for a short (15min) or long (30min) talk, or participate in the afternoon panel discussion. Read more about Upcoming Ethics and Sustainability Conference


“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is a habit, not an act.” It was, allegedly, Aristotle who wrote the above aphorism. On Tuesday there is a free talk at uni by the famous Roy Baumeister, on “Willpower: how to make it work for you”.

(Come along! 9am -10 am, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 234 Queensberry Street, Room Q219 on Level 2; it’s hosted by The Centre for Positive Psychology.) Read more about Willpower

Moral Judgments of Suicide

Tainting the Soul: Purity concerns predict moral judgements of suicide
Rottman, Kelemen and Young

Blog by Dr Elise Holland

Last week in our moral psychology discussion group, we read the above publication: Read more about Moral Judgments of Suicide

Free Skinner

A week and a half ago I wrote about the essays I’ve been marking – I’m tutoring first year psychology (Mind, Brain, and Behaviour) this semester, and it’s absolutely fantastic. Read more about Free Skinner

Great Expectations - Morality Quotes

“In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Above is my favorite quote about morality that encompasses the action-omission distinction in moral psychology. Pip could neither do (action) what was right, nor avoid doing (omission) what was wrong. Read more about Great Expectations - Morality Quotes

Sunset Psychology

If you do an introductory psychology degree (which I absolutely recommend), chances are you will have a section on sensation and perception. If you do your psychology degree at Melbourne (which I of course also recommend!) chances are you'll have to write an assignment on sensation and perception which involves watching a sunset and reflecting on the experience. Read more about Sunset Psychology

Protective Rationalization

I came upon the quote below while reading Joseph Heller's Catch-22, and I loved it.
It reminded me of the role of reasoning in the moral judgement process. Jonathan Haidt (2001) argues that we only employ reason in order to justify our moral judgements after we have already made them. I think this is the active ingredient in what Heller called "protective rationalization": Read more about Protective Rationalization