I’m interested in whether the scientific image of the world really is inconsistent with the manifest image of lived, first-person experience (among other things). In particular, I’m very interested in whether there are real conflicts of this sort in the normative domain, especially with respect to whether scientific findings might threaten free will and moral responsibility.
My dissertation investigates what implicit biases (and dual-processing results more generally) mean for free will and moral responsibility - for what they are, and whether it turns out that we have less of them than we thought. As it turns out, I think the results also reveal new ways of having them.
I received my B.A. from Kalamazoo College (2006), my M.A. from Georgia State University (2010), studied abroad at the Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science, and worked at the Moral Cognition Lab (see also) at Harvard. I currently work in the Concepts and Cognition Lab at Berkeley, where I’m also an organizer for the Moral Psychology Group and the Urban Scholars program.
Murray, D., & Lombrozo, T. Forthcoming. “The effect of manipulation on attributions of causation, free will, and moral responsibility.” Cognitive Science.
Murray, D. 2015. “Situationism, Going Mental, and Modal Akrasia.” Philosophical Studies 172: 711-736.
Murray, D. & Nahmias, E. 2014. “Explaining Away Incompatibilist Intuitions.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 88: 434-467.
Murray, D., Sytsma, J., and Livengood, J. 2013. “God Knows (But does God Believe?)“ Philosophical Studies 166: 83-107.
Cushman, F.A., Murray, D., Gordon-McKeon, S., Wharton, S., and Greene, J.D. 2012. “Judgment before principle: Engagement of the frontoparietal control network in condemning harms of omission.” Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience 7(8): 888-895.
Nahmias, E. & Murray, D. 2010. ”Experimental Philosophy on Free Will: An Error Theory for Incompatibilist Intuitions,“ in J. Aguilar, A. Buckareff, and K. Frankish (eds.) New Waves in Philosophy of Action. Palgrave-Macmillan. 189-216.