Men discuss consciousness and Moral Cognition

Well, here we go again:

from Mark Phelan on Experimental Philosophy

CFP: Consciousness and Moral Cognition
Adam Waytz and I are guest editing a special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology on consciousness attribution in moral cognition. As a recent post on this blog notes, “two favorite topics of X-Phi are morality and how we perceive the minds of others,” so I hope readers of this blog (and experimental philosophers in general) will consider submitting. Guest authors include: Kurt Gray (Maryland), Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh) and Justin Sytsma (East Tennessee State), and Anthony I. Jack (Case Western Reserve) and Philip Robbins (Missouri).

Submissions are due March 31, 2011.

The full CFP, including relevant dates and submission details, is available here.

Here is an abbreviated CFP: When people regard other entities as objects of ethical concern whose interests must be taken into account in moral deliberations, does the attribution of consciousness to these entities play an essential role in the process? In recent years, philosophers and psychologists have begun to sketch limited answers to this general question. However, much progress remains to be made. We invite contributions to a special issue of The Review of Philosophy and Psychology on the role of consciousness attribution in moral cognition from researchers working in fields including developmental, evolutionary, perceptual, and social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and philosophy.

The cfp is from the Experimental Philosophy Site

4 thoughts on “Men discuss consciousness and Moral Cognition

  1. Thank you for drawing attention to this important topic. We too find the gender imbalance of our slate of invited authors disappointing. In fact, we did invite some women working in this young area of research to contribute, but those we did ask declined. We will, of course, include six or seven more submitted articles in this issue, and hope to rectify the gender imbalance in this way. Furthermore, we would still be delighted to add more diversity by inviting a female contributor. Perhaps readers of this blog could suggest women exploring the topic of consciousness attribution in moral cognition who would be good to include. In any case, thanks again for calling attention to the issue of underrepresentation of women in philosophy.

  2. Thanks for supporting the campaign, Mark, and for your efforts. Readers, please do offer suggestions, either in comments or by email to Mark.

  3. Brit Brogaard is an eminent female philosopher who strikes me as an excellent person to invite. If you invited her, you might also consult with her about who else might be suitable.

  4. Let me join in urging others to suggest names.

    Kristen Andrews, at York, Canada, might have some relevant word. Also, Heidi Maibom at Carlton may.

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