The new field of experimental philosophy has emerged as the methods of psychological science have been brought to bear on traditional philosophical issues. Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy will be the place to go to see outstanding new work in the field. It will feature papers by philosophers, papers by psychologists, and papers co-authored by people in both disciplines. The series heralds the emergence of a truly interdisciplinary field in which
people from different disciplines are working together to address a shared set of questions.
The inaugural volume is roughly structured into four sections. The first three papers focus on recent developments in moral psychology, a topic that has seen lively debate and a great deal of progress over the last decade. The second section highlights three contributions that bring new methods to moral psychology: formal modeling and special populations. The third section brings together four papers that adopt an experimental philosophy approach to novel topics, including intuitive dualism,
generics, joint action, and happiness. And the last two papers provide critical and historical context to the development of experimental philosophy.
Tania Lombrozo is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research combines methods and insights from philosophy and psychology to address questions about explanation and understanding, learning, causal reasoning, conceptual representation, and social cognition. She is also a regular blogger for NPR's 13.7: Cosmos & Culture. Joshua Knobe is a professor at Yale University, appointed both in the Program in Cognitive Science and in the Department of Philosophy. Much of his research is concerned with the impact of moral judgments on people's intuitions about matters that might at first appear to be entirely non-moral in nature. Shaun Nichols is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. His books include Sentimental Rules (2004), Bound (2014) and, co-authored with Stephen Stich, Mindreading (2003). His current research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of philosophical problems.
Introduction ; 1. Huck vs. Jojo: Moral Ignorance and the (A)Symmetry of Praise and Blame ; 2. The Cognitive Mechanisms of Intolerance: Do Our Meta-Ethical Commitments Matter? ; 3. Doing, Allowing, and Enabling Harm: An Empirical Investigation ; 4. Attributing Responsibility: Actual and Counterfactual Worlds ; 5. The Moral Status of an Action Influences its Perceived Intentional Status in Adolescents with Psychopathic Traits ; 6. The Concept of Intentional Action in High Functioning Autism ; 7. A Scientific case for Conceptual Dualism: The Problem of Consciousness and the Opposing Domains Hypothesis ; 8. Carving up the Social World with Generics ; 9. Flavors of "Togetherness": Experimental Philosophy and Theories of Joint Action ; 10. The Good in Happiness ; 11. Causal Reasoning: Philosophy and Experiment ; 12. Experimental Philosophy: 1935-1965