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There has been a lot of talk lately about how to provide undergrads with good information about grad schools, and I thought we here at Experimental Philosophy might be able to do our part by providing some information about where to go to grad school to study experimental philosophy. To... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Experimental Philosophy
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With a really nice piece about the recent paper by Eddy Nahmias, Jason Shepard and Shane Reuter. A big congratulations to the three of them! Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Experimental Philosophy
John Turri has a new series of studies indicating that maybe people don't actually have it after all. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Experimental Philosophy
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Most of you are probably familiar with the notorious manipulation argument. The argument starts with a seemingly straightforward thought experiment. Suppose that an agent decides to perform an action and that this agent's decision was guided by mental states in the normal way. But now add one further factor. Suppose... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Flickers of Freedom
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These past few years have seen a surge of metaphilosophical work exploring the implications (or lack thereof) of the empirical studies being conducted in experimental philosophy. Much of this metaphilosophical work is being done by people who are not experimental philosophers themselves but who simply want to address the larger... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Experimental Philosophy
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In his immortal Twilight of the Idols, Nietzsche proposes an intriguing hypothesis about why people believe in free will: The doctrine of the will has been invented essentially for the purpose of punishment, that is, because one wanted to impute guilt. The entire old psychology, the psychology of will, was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Flickers of Freedom
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One of the great things about working in experimental philosophy is getting a chance to see all of the amazing stuff coming out of very junior researchers. As a faculty member, I sometimes feel that I am already kind of peripheral to the field and that the most cutting edge... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Experimental Philosophy
Imagine a person who is not at all motivated to help others. I don't just mean a person who doesn't care about others as much as she should; I mean a person who is literally not motivated at all, not even to the tiniest degree. Now comes the question: Could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Experimental Philosophy
Imagine a person who is not at all motivated to help others. I don't just mean a person who doesn't care about others as much as she should; I mean a person who is literally not motivated at all, not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at PEA Soup
Yale just created a new program in which graduate students can get a single degree that counts as a PhD in both philosophy and psychology. The basic idea is that students take courses in both departments and then write a single interdisciplinary dissertation. On completing the degree, students should be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Experimental Philosophy
Imagine a person who is addicted to heroin but who desperately wants to kick the habit. He has a craving for another hit, but when he reflects, he rejects this craving and wishes he could get rid of it. Now ask yourself: Which part of this person constitutes his true... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Experimental Philosophy
Imagine a person who is addicted to heroin but who desperately wants to kick the habit. He has a craving for another hit, but when he reflects, he rejects this craving and wishes he could get rid of it. Now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at PEA Soup
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A little while ago, I put up a post about what research in experimental philosophy has discovered about the intuitions of philosophical experts. In the time since then, there have actually been a few more studies on this topic, so I thought it might be a good idea to put... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2013 at Experimental Philosophy
Philosopher Michael Brownstein has organized a workshop that provides a quick introduction to statistical analysis for philosophers. Should be a great opportunity, and I thought it might be helpful to put up the blurb he wrote to describe it. Free one-day workshop for philosophers interested in learning the basics of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at Experimental Philosophy
[A quick final thought on some of Eddy Nahmias's contributions from Josh Knobe.] I'm delighted that Flickers has chosen to devote this month to showcasing the work of Eddy Nahmias, and I thought this might be a good opportunity to say a few words about one of his most innovative... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Flickers of Freedom
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Philosophers have long debated the nature of happiness, with some saying that happiness is just a certain kind of psychological state and others claiming that true happiness is not just a matter of having certain feelings but also requires genuine... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2012 at PEA Soup
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Just a quick note to let you know that Mark Phelan is coordinating the second annual Experiment Month initiative and that the deadline for submissions is June 15th. The basic idea of the initiative is simple. If you are interested in running an experiment to address a philosophical question, you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Flickers of Freedom
Just wanted to put up a quick note about an exciting new study on the relationship between people's emotions and their intuitions about free will. It has often been suggested that people's belief in free will is affected in some way by their emotions. (For example, it might be that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at Flickers of Freedom
Oxford University Press has started up the new series Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy. Each volume will consist of a series of new papers in the field of experimental philosophy. The Call for Abstracts for the first volume is now available. So if you are interested in contributing, all you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at Flickers of Freedom
One of my favorite recent discoveries in the free will literature is Nahmias and Murray's series of studies on what they call 'bypassing,' and I wanted to see whether people might have some ideas about how to explain their results. To give just one example, in one of their elegant... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at Flickers of Freedom
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Just writing to let people know that the Experiment Month project is now underway. The project hosts 17 different experimental philosophy studies designed by 29 philosophers, each working on illuminating a different philosophical question. So please take a moment to help these philosophers out, either by stopping by the Experiment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at Flickers of Freedom
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Just a quick note to let people know about the upcoming Experimental Philosophy of Free Will Boot Camp. The boot camp is designed to help philosophers get the skills they need to do cutting-edge work in experimental philosophy. So social psychologist David Pizarro will be providing hands-on training in experimental... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at Flickers of Freedom
A series of recent studies in experimental philosophy have examined the idea that people's intuitions about free will might depend on their psychological perspective. One common suggestion is that people end up having different intuitions depending on whether they think about the question in the abstract or in terms that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2010 at Flickers of Freedom
It has often been assumed in the philosophical literature that the notion of 'weakness of will' can be defined relatively straightforwardly. For example, one might think that the notion can be explained just by saying something like: A person shows weakness of will whenever she believes that she should not... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at Flickers of Freedom
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