College of Liberal Arts

Why Good People Do Bad Things: The Science of Behavioral Ethics

Thursday Oct 10, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | BMC 5.208



The Ethics Project at UT Austin Presents:


Why Good People Do Bad Things: The Science of Behavioral Ethics

Dr. Robert Prentice

Professor and Department Chair of Business, Government, and Society

October 10 (Thursday) ¦ 2pm-3pm ¦ BMC 5.208


When good people do bad things, it is usually not because they have failed to read enough Aristotle or Kant.  More commonly, their brains have given them permission to do something that, in retrospect, it is easy for them to see was wrong.  Philosophy is integral to the study of morality, but so is behavioral ethics---the study of how and why people make the ethical (and unethical) decisions that they do.

Dr. Robert Prentice teaches business law and business ethics at the Texas McCombs School of Business, UT-Austin, where he is Chair of the Business Government & Society Department and the faculty director of the Ethics Unwrapped Video Series and Educational Program in the Center for Leadership and Ethics.

The Ethics Project is a university-wide initiative bringing together teaching, research, outreach, and service to respond to ethical dilemmas in business, clinical professions, education, and government. The Project is the outgrowth of six years of faculty, staff, and student discussions of ethical challenges and how the University of Texas at Austin could prepare students to meet them.

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