[SydPhil] Notification: Adam Piovarchy @ Thu 19 Oct 2017 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Adam Piovarchy

Title: The Story of Situationist Psychology

Abstract: The situationist psychology experiments (e.g. Milgram's Obedience  
to Authority) demonstrate that agents can be more readily induced to act  
badly than most of us expect. Doris (2002) has argued these experiments  
show agent behaviour is more determined by circumstantial environmental  
factors than by stable, inner character traits. Because of this, globalist  
accounts of virtue ethics are empirically inadequate. A number of  
philosophers have responded to this by providing alternative explanations  
of subject behaviour which are consistent with the existence of global  
character traits. These explanations include saying subjects act badly  
because they experience new desires, because they have competing global  
character traits, because they lack practical wisdom or because they  
experience weakness of will. Though I don't aim to vindicate Doris, I argue  
that all of these explanations face important explanatory gaps. I argue a  
better explanation can be provided by thinking about the set and strength  
of subjects' perceived reasons for action.
When: Thu 19 Oct 2017 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: The Muniment Room, University of Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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