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(CFP) Psychology and Experimental Philosophy

Psychology and Experimental Philosophy

E. Machery, T. Lombrozo & J. Knobe (eds.)
European Review of Philosophy, 9 (2009)

Submission deadline: 1 September 2008

John DARLEY and Geoffrey GOODWIN, Princeton University
Sean KELLY, Harvard University
Dan OSHERSON, Princeton University

Over the last decade, philosophers have started using experimental and quasi-experimental methods to obtain data that are relevant for philosophical controversies. Surprising results have been obtained for a large range of topics, including intuitions about reference, intuitions about free will and responsibility, and the relation between judgments of causation and moral judgments. Meanwhile, psychologists are increasingly paying attention to aspects of our folk theories that directly bear on philosophy, such as the nature of folk explanation, the nature of causal judgments, the processes underlying moral judgments, the folk concept of race, and the nature of imagination. This movement, unified by a common desire to apply experimental methods to philosophical issues, is known as “experimental philosophy.”

The goal of this special issue of the EUROPEAN REVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY is to bring together contributions from psychologists and philosophers that are inspired by this new approach to philosophy. We welcome articles applying experimental methods to philosophically-relevant topics. We particularly welcome articles applying these methods to issues that have been underrepresented in experimental philosophy, such as those in philosophy of science or aesthetics, and from those who are new to experimental philosophy. We also welcome critical discussions of experimental philosophy.

Submissions concerning the following foundational questions about psychology and experimental psychology are especially encouraged:

  • What can experimental data show about the ordinary understanding of consciousness? Or of aesthetics? Or of explanation? Or of some new area that experimentalists have not even begun to examine? We would be most interested either in papers that report new experimental data or in papers that examine the implications of results that have already been reported elsewhere.
  • What should be the role of experimentation in philosophy, and in particular how should descriptive facts constrain normative theories?
  • Are there new objections to the project of experimental philosophy and how sound are the existing objections to experimental philosophy?
  • What is the relationship between experimental philosophy and related research programs, such as cognitive psychology and Quinean naturalism?

Submissions should be addressed electronically to:

Papers should describe original and previously unpublished work. Submitted papers should not exceed 8000 words, with an abstract of up to 200 words. The following formats are accepted for submission: RTF, PDF, DOC, LATEX. Authors are invited to follow the stylistic guidelines, templates and detailed instructions available here:

Submitted papers will be reviewed by the editors and blind-reviewed by two anonymous referees. For the purpose of blind refereeing, authors are requested not to include their name and affiliation in their manuscript, but in a separate file. Each submission should consist of two distinct files:

  • A frontpage containing the title of the paper, the name and affiliation of the author(s), as well as any acknowledgment.
  • The manuscript of the paper (containing only the title, the abstract and the body of the article).

More information for prospective authors is available on this page:

1 September 2008: submission deadline
July 2009: date of publication

Established in Geneva in 1994, the European Review of Philosophy is a peer-reviewed journal edited yearly at the Jean Nicod Institute, Paris. It publishes thematic issues on philosophical and foundational aspects of the scientific study of cognition.

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