Date: Saturday December 13, 2014
Time: 9:30am to 5pm
Location: Tisch Hall (40 W 4th Street), Room LC-11, New York University

Over the past several years there have been exciting empirical discoveries about the self. At the same time, there have been important developments in the philosophy of the self and personal identity. To foster dialogue and discussion between these empirical and philosophical approaches, this one-day workshop will feature presentations on the self from cognitive scientists and philosophers.

Nicole Hassoun is interested in finding recent work on experimental political philosophy that might be worth mentioning in a review article on the topic. If you have any such references, please email her directly at: nhassoun at binghamton.edu. Thanks!

Jonathan Phillips and his co-authors have put together the following interactive video on happiness. Do check it out!

MERG Mini-Conference at NYU
By S. Matthew Liao

Metro Experimental Research Group, in conjunction with the NYU Center for Bioethics, is hosting a mini-conference at NYU on some exciting new work in experimental philosophy on Friday, March 16th.

The conference includes the following four talks:

* Zoltan Szabo (Yale), Impure Modals

* S. Matthew Liao (NYU), The Doctrine of Double Effect and Experimental Philosophy

* Shaun Nichols (Arizona), Ambiguous Reference

* Fiery Cushman (Brown), Two Functions of Morality

The conference will be held in Room 101 of NYU’s Philosophy department (5 Washington Place) from 10:30 to 5:30. All are welcome to attend.

NEH Summer Institute
By S. Matthew Liao

Ron Mallon (Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis) and Shaun Nichols (Philosophy, Arizona) are hosting an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers in Experimental Philosophy this July in Tucson. Details are here:

http://epi.arizona.edu/

Applications are due March 1st, 2012.

Institutes are designed for teachers of American undergraduate students. Because of recent changes to the program, now up to three spaces may be awarded to graduate students in the humanities as well.

Consider applying!

Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Guest editors: Mark Phelan & Adam Waytz
Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2012

When people regard other entities as objects of ethical concern whose interests must be taken into account in moral deliberations, does the attribution of consciousness to these entities play an essential role in the process? In recent years, philosophers and psychologists have begun to sketch limited answers to this general question. However, much progress remains to be made. Contributions to a special issue of The Review of Philosophy and Psychology on the role of consciousness attribution in moral cognition from researchers working in fields including developmental, evolutionary, perceptual, and social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and philosophy are invited.

3rd – 4th May 2012
Institute of Philosophy, London, UK

Confirmed speakers:
Fiery Cushman, Psychology, Brown University, USA
Adam Feltz, Philosophy, Schreiner University, USA
Urs Fischbacher, Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany
Natalie Gold, Philosophy, King’s College London, UK
Shaun Nichols, Philosophy, University of Arizona
Briony Pulford, Psychology, University of Leicester, UK

This is an end-of-project workshop arising from a two-year study entitled “Framing Effects in Ethical Dilemmas” in which Natalie Gold, Andrew Colman, and Briony Pulford investigated contextual factors affecting moral decisions. The project included a series of experiments in which trolley problems and related ethical dilemmas were presented to people in contexts that were systematically varied to throw light on factors affecting their responses. Experiments included both hypothetical questions and incentivised choices, of the kind associated with experimental economics.

October 7, 2011
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Invited speakers:
James Beebe (Buffalo)
Mark Phelan (Lawrence)
Stephen Clarke (Oxford)
Frank Hindriks (Groningen)
Katinka Quintelier (Ghent)

The program of the workshop has slightly changed. Stephen Stich, one of the earlier invited speakers, had to cancel his talk owing to health problems. Mark Phelan (previously at Yale, now at Lawrence) will fill in for Steve Stich.

Registration for this event is free of charge. For more info (full program, travel, registration), visit the workshop’s website here.

Workshop organizers: Martin Peterson & Krist Vaesen (Eindhoven)

Oxford University Press has launched the new Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy series edited by Joshua Knobe, Tania Lombrozo, and Shaun Nichols. The series joins other successful volumes in the Oxford Studies in . . . series, which bring together original articles on all aspects of their respective topics. Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy will publish a volume every two years, featuring outstanding papers at the cutting edge of experimental philosophy as well as papers that engage in critical discussion of the field. Philosophers and scientists alike are invited to contribute.

Fellow philosophers will no doubt be familiar with the curious book, Nudge, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. The book defends “libertarian paternalism” and a view of behavioural economics. While I have not been convinced by its arguments, it is a good read and I’ve half expected Nudge to be the subject of at least a small wave of papers in ethics and political philosophy. I’m not the only one who thought its ideas would find traction: the British government has also commissioned research into how it might “nudge” the public into healthier lifestyles, for example.

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