This chapter is an introduction to the collection of chapters, Moral Psychology and Human Agency: Philosophical chapters on the Science of Ethics. The editors briefly characterize each of the ten original chapters and introduce the central themes of the volume. The volume examines the moral and philosophical implications of developments in the science of ethics, the growing movement that seeks to use recent empirical findings to answer long-standing moral questions. Efforts to make moral psychology a thoroughly empirical discipline have divided philosophers along methodological fault lines, isolating discussions that will profit more from intellectual exchange. This volume takes an even-handed approach, including chapters from advocates of empirical ethics as well as those who are skeptical of some of its central claims. The contributors are philosophers who share the conviction that scientific inquiry is relevant to various classic philosophical questions but also show an appreciation of the difficulty of these questions that is not always evident in empirical moral psychology.
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