Lecture Evolution and Rational Agency

Open to the Public


Time 6:30-8:30pm

Location NYUAD Downtown Campus, Abu Dhabi

Primate ethologists recently discovered compelling evidence that some non-human primates have, in addition to the capacities to act altruistically and cooperate, the capacity to adjust their behavior to whatever norms are in place as they move from community to community. Primate ethologists rightly celebrate this as central to morality, yet humans have a further capacity that is no less central to morality. This lecture explores the human capacity not merely to conform to norms, but to do so because they judge it to be right, good, or their duty.


Geoffrey Sayre-McCord Morehead Alumni Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill