Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Channel N - Experimental Philosophy of Freedom

Nice video.

Questioning Freedom

By Sandra Kiume
June 15, 2009

Experimental philosophy of freedom

Wonderful experimental philosophy video illustrating a question posed by Aristotle about voluntary vs. involuntary moral choices. While host Ram Neta explains, it’s acted out in front of a screen then sea storm backgrounds and other imagery is keyed in. Simple, fun, and nicely edited too. I also liked the burning armchair logo and riot grrrl music, and they’re probably the only philosophy professors with a MySpace profile, wiki, blog and YouTube channel. The Experimental Philosophy Society is net-savvy. While there’s some debate about whether the logo makes them seem less serious in the academic world, I think it’s great for reaching wider audiences. But they’re not just about new media: read the paper accompanying this video, Moral Judgments and Intuitions about Freedom by Jonathan Phillips and Joshua Knobe. They conducted field experiments in a mall to learn how moral judgments influence the intuitive perception of freedom, and found the process complex and suffused with multiple judgments.

Phillips, J., & Knobe, J. (2009). Moral Judgments and Intuitions About Freedom Psychological Inquiry, 20 (1), 30-36 DOI: 10.1080/10478400902744279

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