Expanded Morality

Scientific Objective
Understanding how moral concerns shape behavior and policy in the global community of humans, animals, firms, and machines.

Morality is a powerful force that shapes individual and collective behavior through social preferences, cultural norms, and reputation concerns. It is the thread that weaves the stories of who does what to whom, in front of which audience. During the last decades, a combination of globalization, technological progress and evolving sensitivities has greatly expanded the purview of these stories. The community of moral agents has grown to include faraway humans,
non-human animals, intelligent machines, and private companies. Social networks and global news have given every moral act the potential to be witnessed by thousands or millions of active spectators. The Expanded Morality team seeks to understand and guide citizens, policymakers and firms in this brand new moral landscape.