A. J. Stasic


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Recent Publications
Leadership: Why Gender and Culture Matter.
American Psychologist 65(3):157-170 By Roya Ayman and Karen Korabik "For decades, understanding of leadership has been largely based on the results of studies carried out on White men in the United States. We review major theories and models of leadership as they pertain to either...
The Prickly Side of Oxytocin
Science Vol. 328. no. 5984, p. 1343 ByGreg Miller "Oxytocin has a touchy-feely reputation, thanks to research showing that it promotes social bonding in a wide range of animals, including humans. But a study published on page 1408 of this week's issue of Science hints that the...
The Neuropeptide Oxytocin Regulates Parochial Altruism in Intergroup Conflict Among Humans
Science Vol. 328. no. 5984, pp. 1408 - 1411 By Carsten K. W. De Dreu, Lindred L. Greer, Michel J. J. Handgraaf, Shaul Shalvi, Gerben A. Van Kleef, Matthijs Baas, Femke S. Ten Velden, Eric Van Dijk, Sander W. W. Feith. "Humans regulate intergroup conflict through parochial altruism; they self...
Fairness and the Development of Inequality Acceptance
Science Vol. 328. no. 5982, pp. 1176 - 1178 By Ingvild Almås, Alexander W. Cappelen, Erik Ø. Sørensen, Bertil Tungodden "Fairness considerations fundamentally affect human behavior, but our understanding of the nature and development of people’s fairness preferences is limited. The dictator...
The Calculus of Selfishness
Princeton University Press By Karl Sigmund "How does cooperation emerge among selfish individuals? When do people share resources, punish those they consider unfair, and engage in joint enterprises? These questions fascinate philosophers, biologists, and economists alike,...
Should Human Beings Have Sex? Sexual Dimorphism and Human Enhancement
The American Journal of Bioethics Volume 10, Issue 7 July 2010 , pages 3 - 12 By Robert Sparrow "Since the first sex reassignment operations were performed, individual sex has come to be, to some extent at least, a technological artifact. The existence of sperm sorting technology, and of prenatal determination of fetal sex...
On the Evolutionary Debunking of Morality
Ethics Volume 120, Number 3 By Erik J. Wielenberg "Many claim that the availability of evolutionary explanations for human moral beliefs threatens the view that humans have moral knowledge. Peter Singer suggests that evolutionary explanations can debunk moral claims.1 Michael...
Virtue Ethics and the Search for an Account of Right Action
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice Volume 13, Number 3 By Frans Svensson "Conceived of as a contender to other theories in substantive ethics, virtue ethics is often associated with, in essence, the following account or criterion of right action: VR: An action A is right for S in circumstances C if and...
Virtue and Disagreemen
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice Volume 13, Number 3 By Bridget Clarke "One of the most prominent strands in contemporary work on the virtues consists in the attempt to develop a distinctive—and compelling—account of practical reason on the basis of Aristotle’s ethics. In response to this project,...
Moral Motivation Pluralism
The Journal of Ethics Volume 14, Number 2 / June, 2010 By Ragnar Francén "Motivational externalists and internalists of various sorts disagree about the circumstances under which it is conceptually possible to have moral opinions but lack moral motivation. Typically, the evidence referred to are intuitions...
Moral Ideals and Virtue Ethics
The Journal of Ethics Volume 14, Number 2 / June, 2010 By Gregory F. Mellema "There have traditionally been two schools of thought regarding moral ideals and their relationship with moral duty. First, many have held that moral agents at all times have a duty or obligation to realize or attain moral ideals...
The Proper Structure of the Intellectual Virtues
The Southern Journal of Philosophy Volume 47 Issue 1, Pages 91 - 112 By Sarah Wright If we adopt a virtue approach to epistemology, what form should the intellectual virtues take? In this paper, I argue that the proper structure of the intellectual virtues should be one that follows the tradition of internalism in epistemology...
Patriotism as an Environmental Virtue
Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Volume 23, Numbers 1-2 / March, 2010 By Philip Cafaro Define “patriotism” as love for one’s country and devotion to its well-being. This essay contends that patriotism thus defined is a virtue and that environmentalism is one of its most important manifestations. Patriotism, as devotion...
Moral Apes, Human Uniqueness, and the Image of God
Journal of Religion and Science Volume 44 Issue 3, Pages 613 - 624 By Oliver Putz Recent advances in evolutionary biology and ethology suggest that humans are not the only species capable of empathy and possibly morality, suggesting that the concept of the imago Dei could be extended to accommodate moral species other...
Transforming "Apathy Into Movement":The Role of Prosocial Emotions in Motivating Action for Social Change
Personality and Social Psychology Review, Vol. 13, No. 4, 310-333 (2009) By Emma F. Thomas, Craig McGarty, Kenneth I. Mavor This article explores the synergies between recent developments in the social identity of helping, and advantaged groups’ prosocial emotion. The authors review the literature on the potential of guilt...
Virtue Ethics and Deontic Constraints
Ethics. July 2009 Volume 119, Number 4 By Mark LeBar "There seems to be an important difference between accounting for the wrongness of a wrong action in terms of its effects on the victim and in terms of its effects on the perpetrator. Some see this difference as the basis for an objection...
The Experience of Agency: Feelings, Judgments, and Responsibility
Current Directions in Psychological Science, Volume 18 Issue 4, Pages 242 - 24 By Patrick Haggard and Manos Tsakiris "The experience of agency refers to the experience of being in control both of one's own actions and, through them, of events in the external world. Recent experimental studies have investigated how people...
The effect of moral intensity on ethical decision making in accounting
Journal of Moral Education - 2009 - Volume 38 - Issue 3 - Frist page 335 By Yang, Hui-Ling; Wu, Wei-Pang "The purpose of this study was to examine the dimensionality of a moral intensity construct in four ethical accounting scenarios and how the dimensions directly affect the specific processes of moral decision making...
In Defense of the Primacy of Virtues
Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy By Jason Kawall "In recent decades there has been a great deal of interest in virtue ethics, broadly construed. There are, of course, many different such theories, and some dispute over what conditions a theory must meet to qualify as a virtue ethics...
The changing face of human nature
Daedalus The most recent edition of the journal Daedalus features a series of articles that probe what it means to be human. Articles include Hilary Rose (Bradford) and Steven Rose (Open) on “ The Changing Face of Human Nature ,” Michael Gazzaniga (UCSB) on “...
Goodness, Values, Reasons
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice By Lund University, Kungshuset, Lundagård "Contemporary value theory has been characterized by a renewed interest in the analysis of concepts like “good” or “valuable”, the most prominent pattern of analysis in recent years being the socalled buck...
Skepticism about Character Traits
The Journal of Ethics By Gilbert Harman. "The first part of this article discusses recent skepticism about character traits. The second describes various forms of virtue ethics as reactions to such skepticism. The philosopher J.-P. Sartre argued in the 1940s that character...
Why is Cheating Wrong?
Studies in Philosophy and Education. ISSN 1573-191X By Mathieu Bouville "Since cheating is obviously wrong, arguments against it (it provides an unfair advantage, it hinders learning) need only be mentioned in passing. But the argument of unfair advantage absurdly takes education to be essentially...
Animal consciousness: a synthetic approach
Trends in Neurosciences, Volume 32, Issue 9, 476-484, 27 August 2009 By David B. Edelman and Anil K. Set "Despite anecdotal evidence suggesting conscious states in a variety of non-human animals, no systematic neuroscientific investigation of animal consciousness has yet been undertaken. We set forth a framework for...
Human Capital, Education and the Promotion of Social Cooperation: A Philosophical Critique
Studies in Philosophy and Education. ISSN 1573-191X By Tal Gilead "Although since the 1960s human capital theory has played a major role in guiding educational policy, philosophical issues that stem from this development have rarely been discussed. In this article, I critically examine how the idea...
What Good Is Commitment?
Ethics. July 2009 Volume 119, Number 4 By Cheshire Calhoun "That human beings make commitments of various sorts might seem so obviously a good thing that the question “What good is commitment?” might be thought to ask merely after the kind or kinds of good that commitment affords. To...
The Empathy Gap
Building Bridges to the Good Life and the Good Society By J.D. Trout "The Empathy Gap is, with the author's words, a "story of the American freedom", as seen from the point of view of psychology of behavior and decision-making. With a friendly style of discoursing and down-to-earth examples...
A Virtue-Oriented Approach to Environmental Ethics
Columbia University Press By Gideon Calder "For many adherents, the appeal in ethics of virtue-based approaches lies in their sensitivity to relations between agents and contexts—to the messy textures of our orientations and the roles we inhabit. This relationality obtains...
Understanding What’s Good for Us
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice By Michael J. Zimmerman "The ancient question of what a good life consists in is currently the focus of intense debate. There are two aspects to this debate: the first concerns how the concept of a good life is to be understood; the second concerns...
Virtue Ethics and Moral Psychology: The Situationism Debate
The Journal of Ethics By Candace L. Upton "Aristotle was acutely aware of the importance of moral psychological observations to virtue ethics. In his brief discussion of bravery in the Nicomachean Ethics, he makes at least ten explicit empirical claims about the actual...
The Normativity Challenge: Cultural Psychology Provides the Real Threat to Virtue Ethics
The Journal of Ethics By Jesse Prinz "Situationists argue that virtue ethics is empirically untenable, since traditional virtue ethicists postulate broad, efficacious character traits, and social psychology suggests that such traits do not exist. I argue that prominent...
Disunity of Virtue
The Journal of Ethics By Gopal Sreenivasan "This paper argues against the unity of the virtues, while trying to salvage some of its attractive aspects. I focus on the strongest argument for the unity thesis, which begins from the premise that true virtue cannot lead its...
Against Moral Character Evaluations: The Undetectability of Virtue and Vice
The Journal of Ethics By Peter B. M. Vranas " I defend the epistemic thesis that evaluations of people in terms of their moral character as good, bad, or intermediate are almost always epistemically unjustified. (1) Because most people are fragmented (they would behave...
Virtue in Virtue Ethics
The Journal of Ethics By Joel J. Kupperman "This paper represents two polemics. One is against suggestions (made by Harman and others) that recent psychological research counts against any claim that there is such a thing as genuine virtue. The other is against the view...
How Power Influences Moral Thinking
American Psychological Association By Joris Lammers and Diederik A. Stapel "The authors conducted 5 studies to test the idea that both thinking about and having power affects the way in which people resolve moral dilemmas. It is shown that high power increases the use of rule-based...
For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom
Yale University Press (April 2009) By Robert C. Post & Matthew W. Finkin Review By: Jessica Kaplan "It all started a few thousand years back with a naked couple and an apple. Since then, scholars have been toiling with what knowledge is acceptable to consume and share. In their...
The private rejection of unfair offers and emotional commitment
PNAS By: Toshio Yamagishi, Yutaka Horita, Haruto Takagishi, Mizuho Shinada, Shigehito Tanida and Karen S. Cook "In a series of experiments, we demonstrate that certain players of an economic game reject unfair offers even when this behavior increases...
Well-Being and Virtue
Journal Of Ethics & Social Philosophy Volume 2, Number 2. by Dan Haybron "Perfectionist views of well-being maintain that well-being ultimately consists, at least partly, in excellence or virtue. This paper argues that such views are untenable, focusing on Aristotelian perfectionism...
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