In 2020 Diametros will publish a special issue on “The normative significance of empirical moral psychology”. Deadline for submissions passed on 15th October 2019
The expected date of publication of the special issue: March 2020
The author of the best submission will receive 6000 PLN (the equivalent of approximately
1400 EURO or 1600 USD; before tax)
Guest editor: Tomasz Żuradzki
Many psychologists try to reveal the formation and processing of moral judgments using a variety of empirical methods: behavioral data, tests of statistical significance, and brain imaging. Some scholars maintain that the new empirical findings of the ways we make moral judgments question the trustworthiness and authority of many intuitive ethical responses. The aim of this special issue is to publish high quality theoretical papers that analyze how, if at all, it is possible to draw any normative conclusions by discovering the psychological processes underlying moral judgments. We welcome theoretical papers addressing (but not limited to) the following topics:
- how do cognitive biases and heuristics, or other psychological effects, influence the content of normative moral judgments (e.g. the status quo bias, the omission bias, the similarity heuristic, the identifiability effect, the framing effect, the endowment effect);
- do new empirical findings undermine the reliability of intuitive ethical responses or some traditional normative views (e.g. alleged experimental evidence against deontology);
- do new discoveries in experimental psychology cast new light on traditional metaethical questions (e.g. whether moral judgments are based on reason or on emotion; is experimental moral psychology a challenge for moral rationalism or moral realism);
- may behavioral research on risk perception, risk attitudes, ambiguity aversion, and decision making under risk or uncertainty (such as, for example, prospect theory) explain some normative views in ethics;
- are psychological theories important for understanding the formation of normative judgments (e.g. dual-process model of human mind; fast and frugal heuristics program);
- the normative significance of different visions of rationality (ecological vs. bounded vs. economic);
- methodological issues in experimental moral psychology (e.g. the simplifying and idealizing assumptions; converting moral intuitions into number scales, e.g. Likert; the interpretations of neurological data);
- empirical debunking arguments in ethics;
- the history of moral psychology and the interpretations of some earlier attempts to make human psychology more relevant to ethics;
- case studies: theoretical analyses of particular experimental research relevant for normative ethics.
In particular, we encourage the submission of papers about the normative significance of empirical moral psychology for bioethics:
- how do the psychological effects documented by behavioral scientists influence the formation of normative judgments in bioethical contexts: in research ethics (e.g. normative judgments and the regulation of research on stem cells, human-nonhuman chimeras, human organoids), clinical ethics (e.g. autonomy, consent), procreative ethics (e.g. normative judgments and the regulation of assisted reproductive technologies; human reproductive cloning; genetic enhancement, the psychological underpinnings of the disagreement about the moral status of the human embryo).
Papers should be submitted for double-blind peer review via the online platform of the journal: https://www.diametros.iphils.uj.edu.pl. Before submitting your paper, please read our instructions for authors carefully: https://www.diametros.iphils.uj.edu.pl/diametros/about/submissions.
The submitted essays should: * be in English; * present original research; * have not been published previously; * be about 40,000 characters in length (inclusive of spaces, footnotes and the bibliography); * fulfill the other submission criteria for the Diametros journal. In assessing the essays, priority will be given to originality, their potential for advancing discussion, and clarity of expression. Submissions are invited from researchers at every stage in their career (including postgraduate students enrolled on PhD programs). The author(s) of the winning essay(s) will be asked to clearly state the funding source in the paper. It is possible to submit a paper only for the special issue, without submitting it to the international essay prize competition (e.g. in cases where the author must include an acknowledgment of other funding in the paper).
The publication of the issue is funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland (National Programme for the Development of the Humanities, no. 0177/NPRH4/H3b/83/2016) and the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (BIOUNCERTAINTY, no. 805498) awarded to Tomasz Żuradzki. All inquiries about this special issue and the international prize competitions should be sent to: email@example.com