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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Ph.D

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 holds secondary appointments in Duke's Law School and Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and he is affiliated with the Duke Institute for Brain Science and Centers for Cognitive Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences. He is a Partner Investigator at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Neuroethics and a Research Scientist with the Mind Research Network in New Mexico. 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, empirical moral psychology and neuroscience, epistemology, informal logic, and philosophy of law, religion, and psychiatry. His current work focuses political polarization, moral artificial intelligence, free will and moral responsibility, and various topics in moral psychology and brain science, including how we process moral narratives. His most recent books are about how arguments can remedy political polarization and about scrupulosity (obsession with morality). Please contact Tyler Lee ( for Zoom registration access

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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