Research project This study focuses on the possible implications of recent results from neuroscience might have for theological ethics. Specifically, we want to investigate influential theory developed by the linguist George Lakoff and the philosopher Mark Johnson.
The mind is embodied and the nature of this embodiment shapes, Lakoff & Johnson claim, how humans reason. Our thinking is, for example, irreducibly metaphorical. If their account is true the dominant modern theories in philosophical and theological ethics are, they say, untenable. We want to investigate how, if at all, results from neuroscience and cognitive science can be used for understanding the nature of ethics and rationality; the possible implications of their theory for theological ethics; and the implication for our understanding of human freedom, rationality, and dignity.