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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Chauncey Stillman Professor of Ethics and Member of Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society    editWalter Sinnott-Armstrong

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He is core faculty in the Duke Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences. He serves as Resource Faculty in the Philosophy Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Partner Investigator at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, and Research Scientist with The Mind Research Network in New Mexico. He has visited at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan (2010), the Macquarie Research Center for Agency, Values, and Ethics in Australia (2011), and the National Institutes of Health in Washington (2011). He has received fellowships from the Harvard Program in Ethics and the Professions, the Princeton Center for Human Values, the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University, and the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has served as co-chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association and co-director of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his doctorate from Yale University. He has published widely on ethics (theoretical and applied as well as meta-ethics), empirical moral psychology and neuroscience, philosophy of law, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and informal logic. Most recently, he is the author of Morality Without God?, Moral Skepticisms, and Understanding Arguments as well as editor of Moral Psychology, volumes I-IV. His articles have appeared in a variety of philosophical, scientific, and popular journals and collections.  His current work is on moral psychology and brain science as well as uses of neuroscience in legal systems. He is also working on one book on Scrupulosity and another book that will develop a contrastivist view of freedom and responsibility. And he teaches a popular MOOC, Think Again, on the Coursera website.

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Web Page: https://sinnott-armstrong.com

Education:
Ph.D., Yale University, 1982
A.B., Amherst College, 1977

Teaching (Spring 2018):

  • NEUROSCI 267.01, Neuroethics Synopsis
    Perkins 071, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • ETHICS 497S.01, Capstone seminar Synopsis
    West Duke 100, M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
  • PHIL 590S.01, Special fields seminar (top) Synopsis
    SEE INSTRU, WF 07:30 PM-08:45 PM
  • PHIL 590S.02, Special fields seminar (top) Synopsis
    SEE INSTRU, MW 07:30 PM-08:45 PM

Teaching (Fall 2018):

  • PHIL 590S.03, Special fields seminar (top) Synopsis
    West Duke 09E, WF 07:30 PM-08:45 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  • Cameron, CD; Payne, BK; Sinnott-Armstrong, W; Scheffer, JA; Inzlicht, M. "Corrigendum to "Implicit moral evaluations: A multinomial modeling approach" [Cognition 158 (2017) 224-241].." Cognition 173 (April, 2018): 138. [doi]
  • Murray, S; Murray, ED; Stewart, G; Sinnott-Armstrong, W; de Brigard, F. "Responsibility for forgetting." Philosophical Studies (February, 2018): 1-25. [doi]  [abs]
  • Kingston, E; Sinnott-Armstrong, W. "What’s Wrong with Joyguzzling?." Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 21.1 (February, 2018): 169-186. [doi]  [abs]
  • Wright, JC; Nadelhoffer, T; Thomson Ross, L; Sinnott-Armstrong, W. "Be it ever so humble: Proposing a dual-dimension account and measurement of humility." Self and Identity 17.1 (January, 2018): 92-125. [doi]  [abs]
  • Stanton, SJ; Sinnott-Armstrong, W; Huettel, SA. "Neuromarketing: Ethical Implications of its Use and Potential Misuse." Journal of Business Ethics 144.4 (September, 2017): 799-811. [doi]

Conferences Organized
  • Referee for numerous articles and grant applications. 2010, Referee for numerous articles and grant applications, 2010 - present  
  • Acting Chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association. April 27, 2013 - May 18, 2013, Acting Chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association, April 27, 2013 - May 18, 2013  
  • Organized conference on Finding Consciousness, January 23, 2013 - January 25, 2013  
  • Vice-Chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association. 2010 - 2013, Vice-Chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association, 2010 - 2013  
  • Organizer : Organized panel at meeting of ISUS (International Society for Utilitarian Studies). August 10, 2012, Organizer : Organized panel at meeting of ISUS (International Society for Utilitarian Studies), August 10, 2012  
  • Elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. 2009 - 2012, Elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, 2009 - 2012  
  • Chair of the Hiring Committee for a new Executive Director of the American Philosophical Association. November 20, 2011, Chair of the Hiring Committee for a new Executive Director of the American Philosophical Association, November 2011  
  • Organized workshop on Dale Jamieson's book manuscript on global warming. July 1, 2011, Organized workshop on Dale Jamieson's book manuscript on global warming, 2011  
  • Organized meeting of the Moral Psychology Research Group. 2011, Organized meeting of the Moral Psychology Research Group, 2011  
  • Experimental Epistemology. April 20, 2011, Experimental Epistemology, April 20, 2011  
  • Organized Conference on Free Will and Responsibility, April 14, 2011 - April 16, 2011  
  • Organized conferences on: Bioprediction, Addiction and Responsibility, and Religion and Conflict, December 2010  
  • Vice-chair of Board of Officers of American Philosophical Assoc.. December 9, 2010, Vice-chair of Board of Officers of American Philosophical Assoc., December 2010  
  • Executive Committee of Eastern Division of APA. December 9, 2010, Executive Committee of Eastern Division of APA, December 2010  


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