Disgust, Morality, and Society

A Conference Addressing the Emotion of Disgust

Disgust, Morality, and Society

Friday April 7 9:00 - 6:00PM

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, 308 Research Dr

About This Event:

This conference will provide a platform for field leaders from science and the humanities to discuss how to forward the empirical and philosophical investigation of the emotion disgust. In bringing together scholars from evolutionary anthropology, philosophy, and multiple areas of psychology, it will be possible to identify contributions each field can make to the others vis-à-vis the study of the basic nature of disgust, as well as the effects of disgust on psychiatric, public health, sociomoral, and political phenomena.

Thank you for your interest in the Disgust conference.  We are no longer accepting registrations but if you would like to drop in for a couple of the talks, we can most likely accommodate you.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center

"Disgust: From Microbes to Manners to Morality"
Val Curtis, Ph.D, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Friday, April 7, 2017
DIBS Multipurpose Room, Levine Science Research Center

Continental breakfast and coffee
Opening remarks
"Objection! The Evolution of Pathogen, Sexual, and Moral Disgust"
Debra Lieberman, Ph.D, University of Miami
"From Biological Adaptation to Social Metaphor: The Expanding Influence of Disgust on Social Judgment"
David Pizarro, Ph.D, Cornell University
Break; pick up catered lunch
"Disgust: From Oral to Moral?"
Hanah Chapman, Ph.D, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Co-sponsored by the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium Series
Student poster session, Research Triangle-area universities
"On the Origins of Disgust and the Nature of Moral Disgust"
Paul Rozin, Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania

"Moral Disgust in a Cultural World"
Dan Kelly, Ph.D, Purdue University
Co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy Speaker Series

Panel discussion

Cocktail hour, Featuring hors d’oeuvres both disgusting and delightful


  • Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM)
  • Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation
  • Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
  • Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Kenan Institute for Ethics

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