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Hardwired Behavior: What Neuroscience Reveals About Morality

Posted 03/14/2017
Submitted by Brian Skelly
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, March 16, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in 421 Auerbach Hall, as University of Hartford student Brian Vassak presents on Laurence Tancredi’s work: Hardwired Behavior: What Neuroscience Reveals About Morality. For an online sample of this work by Tancredi, go to:

Laurence Tancredi is a lawyer and neuroscientist interested in brain biology and genes and how these affect the moral dimension. Current research points to the possibility that our moral agency may actually be more biological than traditionally accepted. Brian will facilitate discussion on what the implications of this could be, such as whether an increased biological component in the moral dimension might reduce our blameworthiness and praiseworthiness, significantly alter the dynamics of the nature vs. nurture debate, or imply the possibility or perhaps even obligation for us to pursue moral directives by means of biomedical therapies, e.g. genetic, epigenetic, eugenic, etc. If so, how should we decide which moral directives to pursue in this manner?

See attached document for Brian Vassak's paper. 

Born and raised in Connecticut, Brian Vassak, a philosophy major, is a recent transfer student to the University of Hartford from Northwestern Connecticut Community College, where he earned an associates degree in science.

The University of Hartford Philosophy Club meets every Thursday during Fall and Spring Semesters - with the exception of the first Thursday of each semester - from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in 421 Auerbach Hall. The Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers. Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses. Bring friends. Suggest topics and activities. Take over the club! It belongs to you! Food and drink are served. Come and go as you wish.

For more information, contact Brian Skelly at or 413-642-0334.


Brian Vassak's paper on Laurence Tancredi
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