Anna Gomberg


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Time for Love: The Place of Marriage and Children in the Thought of Stanley Hauerwas
Journal of Religious Ethics; Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 250–261 By Gilbert Meilaender In essays written throughout his career, Stanley Hauerwas has unfolded a Christian vision of the marriage bond and the presence of children that seeks insistently to place these seemingly natural bonds within the new family of God...
Review of Stan van Hooft, Hope
Sophia, Volume 50, Number 4 By Nancy Snow An excerpt: In five chapters, an introduction, and a short epilogue, Stan van Hooft conveys in highly readable and non-technical prose most of what is important about hope. He distinguishes hope from hopefulness, and uses the Aristotelian...
Individual differences in theory-of-mind judgments: Order effects and side effects
Philosophical Psychology, Volume 24, Issue 3, 2011 By Adam Feltz and Edward Cokely Abstract: We explore and provide an account for a recently identified judgment anomaly, i.e., an order effect that changes the strength of intentionality ascriptions for some side effects (e.g., when a chairman's pursuit...
Why Deliberative Polling
Critical Review, Volume 23, Issue 3 By James S. Fishkin An excerpt: Contrary to Laurel Gleason's assertions, Deliberative Polling among random samples is not a process that is dominated by “experts” or by certain categories of deliberator; it produces genuine gains among the participants...
Seeing Emotion in the Brain
NeuroImage, Vol. 60(2) 1448-1461 Portraying emotions at their unfolding: A multilayered approach for probing dynamics of neural networks By Gal Raza,Yonatan Winetrauba, Yael Jacoba, Sivan Kinreicha, Adi Maron-Katza, Galit Shahamf, Ilana Podlipskya, Gadi Gilama, Eyal Soreqa, and Talma...
Virtue and Virility
Social Psychological and Personality Science, Vol. 3(2) 162-171 By Dov Cohen and Angela K.-y. Leung Abstract: In many honor cultures, honor as martial honor and honor as character/integrity are often both subsumed under the banner of honor. In nonhonor cultures, these qualities are often separable. The present study...
Higher Social Class Predicts Increased Unethical Behavior
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences By Paul K. Piff, Daniel M. Stancato, Stéphane Côtébo, Rodolfo Mendoza-Dentona, and Dacher Keltnera Abstract: Seven studies using experimental and naturalistic methods reveal that upper-class individuals behave more unethically than lower-class individuals...
The Influence of Morality Subcultures on the Acceptance and Appeal of Violence
Journal of Communication, Vol. 62(1)136-157 By Ron Tamborini, Allison Eden, Nicholas David Bowman, Matthew Grizzard, and Kenneth A. Lachlan Abstract: Two studies examined how disposition theory-based morality subcultures predict the acceptance and appeal of violence. Study 1 used groups formed...
More than Enjoyment
Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications; Vol 23(1), 2011, 29-33 Appreciation of Entertainment: The Importance of Meaningfulness via Virtue and Wisdom By Mary Beth Oliver and Anne Bartsch Abstract: The purpose of this article is to examine the experience of appreciation to media entertainment as a unique audience response...
Tom Wolfe, Walker Percy, and Being Stuck with Virtue
Perspectives on Political Science, 40 (3), Summer 2011, 119-123 By P. Lawler and M. Guerra We are pleased to introduce this symposium on the moral, political, scientific, philosophical, and even theological dimensions of the thought of two contemporary American novelists and essayists: Walker Percy and Tom Wolfe....
Being Nice to Your Ancestors
Structure and Dynamics, 4(3), 1-17 Culture, Altruism, and Conflict Between Ancestors and Descendants By Mary Kathryn Coe, Amber Palmer, Craig T. Palmer, and Carl L. DeVito Abstract: Anthropologists often recorded the typical amount of kinship altruism – that is, the altruism between individuals...
Moral Universals and Individual Differences
Emotion Review, July 2011, vol. 3 no. 3 323-324 By Liane Young and Rebecca Saxe Abstract: Contemporary moral psychology has focused on the notion of a universal moral sense, robust to individual and cultural differences. Yet recent evidence has revealed individual differences in the psychological processes...
Magnets and Moral Judgments
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 13, 2010 vol. 107 no. 15 6753-6758 Disruption of the right temporoparietal junction with transcranial magnetic stimulation reduces the role of beliefs in moral judgments By Liane Young, Joan Albert Camprodon, Marc Hauser, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, and Rebecca Saxe Abstract: When we judge an...
Cosmopolitanism as Virtue
Journal of Global Ethics, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 303-315 By Stan Van Hooft Abstract: This paper explores cosmopolitanism, not as a position within political philosophy or international relations, but as a virtuous stance taken by individuals who see their responsibilities as extending globally. Taking as its...
Dementia May Change How You Think About Moral Dilemmas
Social Neuroscience, Vol 6(2), April 2011, 113-122 The role of social cognition in moral judgment in frontotemporal dementia. By Ezequiel Gleichgerrcht, Teresa Torralva, Maria Roca, Mariángeles Pose, and Facundo Manes. Abstract: The role of social cognition in moral judgment in frontotemporal dementia...
Utilitarian? Maybe Antisocial, Too.
Cognition, Vol 121(1)154-61 The Mismeasure of Morals: Antisocial Personality Traits Predict Utilitarian Responses to Moral Dilemmas By Daniel M. Bartels and David A. Pizzaro Researchers have recently argued that utilitarianism is the appropriate framework by which to evaluate moral...
Thick Concepts and the Moral Brain
European Journal of Sociology, Vol 52: 143-172 By Gabriel Abend Drawing on Williams’ distinction between thin and thick ethical concepts, I argue that current moral neuroscience and psychology unwarrantedly restrict their researches to thin morality only. Experiments typically investigate subjects...
Bullies have Enhanced Moral Competence to Judge Relative to Victims, but Lack Moral Compassion
Personality and Individual Differences, Vol 50(5), Apr 2011, 603-608 By Gianluca Gini, Tiziana Pozzoli, and Marc Hauser Bullying behavior is an immoral action because it humiliates and oppresses innocent victims. Presently unclear is whether bullies bully because of deficiencies in moral competence (knowledge of right...
Moral identity and the experience of moral elevation in response to acts of uncommon goodness.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 100(4), Apr 2011, 703-718 By Karl Aquino, Brent McFerran, and Marjorie Laven Abstract: Four studies using survey and experimental designs examined whether people whose moral identity is highly self-defining are more susceptible to experiencing a state of moral elevation after...
Virtue ethics and customer relationship management: Towards a more holistic approach for the development of 'best practice.'
Business Ethics: A European Review; Vol 20(2), Apr 2011, 121-130 By Christopher Bull and Alison Adam Abstract: This paper focuses much-needed attention on the ethical nature of customer relationship management (CRM) strategies in organisations. The research uses an in-depth case study to reflect on the design, implementation...
Ambiguity, religion, and relational context: Competing influences on moral attitudes?
Sociological Perspectives: Vol 54(1), Spr 2011, 59-81 By Markus H. Schafer Abstract: The position that people take on moral issues, such as infidelity, can be influenced by abstract principles (e.g., religious ideals) but also by their own relational experience. Conservative religious orientation provides...
Thou shalt not discriminate: How emphasizing moral ideals rather than obligations increases whites' support for social equality.
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol 47(3), May 2011, 562-571 By Serena Does, Belle Derks, & Naomi Ellemers Abstract: An important step toward reducing group-based disparities in society is creating support for equality among advantaged group members (e.g., Whites and men). The current research examined how...
Emotional Action and Communication in Early Moral Development
Emotion Review, Vol. 3, number 2, 147-157 By Audun Dahl, Joseph J. Campos, and David C. Witherington Emotional action and communication are integral to the development of morality, here conceptualized as our concerns for the well-being of other people and the ability to act on those concerns...
The Effect of Leadership on Follower Moral Identity: Does Transformational/Transactional Style Make a Difference?
Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Vol. 18, issue 2 By Weichun Zhu, Ronald E. Riggio, Bruce J. Avolio & John J. Sosik The goal of this article is to study the effects of transformational versus transactional leadership behavior on how followers report their level of moral identity. Using field survey...
Virtue Ethics and Confucian Ethics
Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, 9(3) 275-287 By Chen Lai Abstract: This essay focuses on the unity of several virtues in pre-Qin Confucians. Confucius maintains the proper application and coherence of such virtues as benevolence, wisdom, trustworthiness, straightforwardness, courage, and firmness...
Pursuing Pleasure or Virtue: The Differential and Overlapping Well-Being Benefits of Hedonic and Eudaimonic Motives.
Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol 11(6), 735-762 By Veronika Huta and Richard M. Ryan Abstract: Hedonia (seeking pleasure and comfort) and eudaimonia (seeking to use and develop the best in oneself) are often seen as opposing pursuits, yet each may contribute to well-being in different ways. We conducted...
Moral Development and Narcissism of Private and Public University Business Students
Journal of Business Ethics, 99(3), 325-334 By Shanda Traiser and Myron A. Eighmy Abstract: In this study, researchers examined the assumption that senior-level undergraduate students from private colleges universities possess higher levels of moral and ethical development than students from public...
On Unconscious Morality: The Effects of Unconscious Thinking on Moral Decision Making
Social Cognition, Vol 28(1), Feb 2010, 74-83 By Jaap Ham and Kees van den Bos Abstract: In this article, we argue that when making moral decisions, unconscious thought can lead to more utilitarian moral decisions (approving of harmful actions that maximize good consequences), compared to conscious...
Justice as a Self-Regarding Virtue
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 82 (1):46–64 By Paul Bloomfield Abstract: Justice has long stood out among the virtues as being an “other-regarding” virtue. As Michael Thompson writes, “The mark of this special virtue of human agents [justice], as Aristotle says, is that it is “toward another”,...
Blind ethics: Closing one’s eyes polarizes moral judgments and discourages dishonest behavior.
Cognition, Vol 118(2), Feb 2011, 280-285 By Eugene Caruso & Francesca Gino Abstract: Four experiments demonstrate that closing one's eyes affects ethical judgment and behavior because it induces people to mentally simulate events more extensively. People who considered situations with...
The Moral Problem of Health Disparities
American Journal of Public Health, April 2010, Vol 100, No. S1 S47-S51 By Cynthia M. Jones Health disparities exist along lines of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic class in US society. I argue that we should work to eliminate these health disparities because their existence is a moral wrong that needs to be addressed. Health...
A Conceptual and Computational Model of Moral Decision Making in Human and Artificial Agents
Topics in Cognitive Science, Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 454–485, July 2010 By Wendell Wallach, Stan Franklin, and Colin Allen Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in general, comprehensive models of human cognition. Such models aim to explain higher-order cognitive faculties, such as deliberation and planning. Given...
Does care reasoning make a difference? Relations between care, justice and dispositional empathy
Journal of Moral Education By Soile Juujrvia; Liisa Myyryb; Kaija Pessoa Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate relationships between care and justice reasoning, dispositional empathy variables and meta-ethical thinking among 128 students from a university of applied...
Moral Psychology Must Not Be Based on Faith and Hope: Commentary on Narvaez (2010)
Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(6) By Johnathan Haidt An excerpt: Narvaez (2010, this issue) calls for a moral psychology in which reasoning and intuitions are equal partners. But empirical research on the power of implicit processes and on the weakness of everyday reasoning indicates...
Moral Complexity: The Fatal Attraction of Truthiness and the Importance of Mature Moral Functioning.
Perspectives on Psychological Science, vol. 5 no. 2 163-181 by Darcia Narvaez Abstract: Recently, intuitionist theories have been effective in capturing the academic discourse about morality. Intuitionist theories, like rationalist theories, offer important but only partial understanding of moral functioning....
Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought
Columbia Press by Richard Miller An Excerpt: How to think normatively about religious violence and terrorism is the subject matter of this book. To that end, I will focus in particular on the events surrounding the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I will do so in large part...
When the Future Feels Worse than the Past: A Temporal Inconsistency in Moral Judgment
Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 139 (4), Nov 2010, 610-624 by Eugene Caruso Abstract: Logically, an unethical behavior performed yesterday should also be unethical if performed tomorrow. However, the present studies suggest that the timing of a transgression has a systematic effect on people's beliefs about...
Children's Conscience During Toddler and Preschool Years, Moral Self, and a Competent, Adaptive Developmental Trajectory
Developmental Psychology, Volume 46, Issue 5, pages 1320-1332. By Kochanska, Grazyna; Koenig, Jamie L.; Barry, Robin A.; Kim, Sanghag; and Yoon, Jeung Eun. Abstract: We investigated whether children's robust conscience, formed during early family socialization, promotes their future adaptive and competent functioning...
Moral Controversy, Directive Counsel, and the Doctor's Role: Findings From a National Survey of Obstetrician-Gynecologists
Academic Medicine, Volume 85(9), pp. 1475-1481 By John D. Yoon, M.D.; Kenneth A. Rasinski, M.D.; and Farr A. Curlin, M.D. "...Providing nondirective counsel to their patients appears to have become the norm among certain obstetrician–gynecologists in the United States, particularly when dealing...
"Everybody Does It": An Analysis of a Common Excuse
Public Integrity, Volume 12, Number 3/Summer 2010 By Alex Tuckness Abstract: Making and evaluating excuses is a central part of administrative ethics. This article examines one of the most common excuses, "Everybody does it," by first providing examples of cases where the excuse might be used...
Becoming a Better Person: Temporal Remoteness Biases Autobiographical Memories for Moral Events
Emotion, Volume 10, Issue 4, August 2010, Pages 511-518 By Jessica R. Escobedoa and Ralph Adolphs Abstract: Our autobiographical self depends on the differential recollection of our personal past, notably including memories of morally laden events. Whereas both emotion and temporal recency are well known to...
AGAINST METAETHICAL IMPERIALISM: Several Arguments for Equal Partnerships between the Deontic and Aretaic
Journal of Religious Ethics, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp. pages 521–54 By Jesse Couenhoven Virtue and deontological ethics are now commonly contrasted as rival approaches to moral inquiry. However, I argue that neither metaethical party should seek complete, solitary domination of the ethical domain. Reductive treatments...
The Impact of Constructive Controversy on Moral Development
Journal of Applied Social Psychology By Michelle Tichy, David W. Johnson, Roger T. Johnson, & Cary J. Roseth Abstract: We examined the effects of a constructive controversy compared with individualistic learning on 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students' (N = 56) moral development, ethical...
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