The Workshop in Experimental Philosophy at the University of Wroclaw, Wrocław, Poland on 21-23 May 2010. Here are some photos from the workshop:
We invite all those interested in experimental philosophy to participate in the workshop but most eagerly encourage young scholars, graduate students, and curious undergraduates to take the opportunity and get acquainted with this new field of philosophical research.
Like philosophers of centuries past, we are concerned with questions about how human beings actually happen to be. We recognize that such an inquiry will involve us in the study of phenomena that are messy, contingent, and highly variable across times and places, but we do not see how that fact is supposed to make the inquiry any less genuinely philosophical. On the contrary, we think that many of the deepest questions of philosophy can only be properly addressed by immersing oneself in the messy, contingent, highly variable truths about how human beings really are.
[...] The aim is usually to provide an account of the factors that influence applications of a concept, and in particular, the internal psychological processes that underlie such applications. Progress here is measured not in terms of the precision with which one can characterize the actual patterns of people’s intuitions but in terms of the degree to which one can achieve explanatory depth.
Joshua Knobe & Shaun Nichols, Experimental Philosophy Manifesto
There will be three groups of sessions:
After the workshop a participant should know the foundations of experimental philosophy and be able to design their own experiments, conduct them, and interpret the data using the most suitable statistical methods.
10:30-11:30 Bryony Pierce, University of Brystol, UK Why Xφ?
11:40-13:20 Stephen Stich, Rutgers Univeristy, U.S. Experimental Philosophy and the Bankruptcy of the 'Great Tradition'
13:30-15:00 Wrocław Xφ group Some of the most famous Xφ findings
16:00-18:00 Wrocław Xφ group Lab session
10-10:55 Wrocław Xφ group Faith and justice
11:00-13:25 Wrocław Xφ group Lab session
13:30-14:30 Bryony Pierce Freedom and the Folk
16:05-17:00 Edward Cokely, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany How to Get at Folk Intuitions
17:05-18:00 Adam Feltz, Schreiner University, U.S. Philosophical Implications of Individual Differences
10:00-10:55 Paweł Kuśmierczyk, Wrocław University of Economics Methodology of experimental economics
11:00-12:00 poster session
12:05-16:00 Wrocław Xφ group Lab session (with lunch)
16:05-16:45 Joachim Horvath, University of Cologne, Germany Experimental Philosophy: What is the challenge?
16:55-17:20 closing lecture
You can register by sending following information to firstname.lastname@example.org entitled xphi workshop registration:
The deadline for registration is 5th May 2010. For the sake of the quality of workshop we want to keep the group from being too numerous. In case there will be more people willing to participate than places we can provide the decisive factors are the date of registration and whether the participant submits a poster.
There will be no registration fee, however the participants should pay for their accommodation. A group of rooms will be reserved.
All the sessions will be in English.
Although the main aim of the workshop is to present the basic concepts and methods of experimental philosophy, the participants are encouraged to submit posters. Preferred size of a poster is A1.