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  • The following posts are ordered from most recent (on top) to old. The dates listed below are misleading. Click each post for the accurate date, relevant links, and further information.
  • This one has to be in Hebrew מה שקורה כשעובדים על החלטות תחת אי-ודאות ושומעים בוב דילן כשעובדים על תיאוריות של החלטות תחת אי ודאות  שומעים דילן עם אוזניות שכוללות מיקרופון  ומונעים מהמוטיבציה לפעול נכון דה-דיקטו... יוצאים דברים כאלה:  מילים: רן עבודי. לחן: בוב דילן.
    Posted Feb 27, 2017, 7:23 AM by shalomation
  • Found a video of an exchange I had with Michael Bratman on the web To see the video (which will open up in a new window) click this picture :(I tried to get this video to start right before my question; in case on your browser it starts at the beginning, my question starts shortly after 01h40m.)You will also find there the rest of Professor Michael E. Bratman's exciting 2016 Pufendorf Lectures, which I had the honor to attend (as well as the Metaphysics & Collectivity Mini-workshop). Prof. Bratman presented his new (unpublished) interesting argument which aims at establishing a special kind of rational pressure towards self-governance. I came up with another argument to the same effect, which is based on game-theoretic reasoning where the present self and the future ...
    Posted Feb 27, 2017, 7:29 AM by shalomation
  • Settled in Toronto On September 1st we landed in Toronto, and it looks great! I will be spending some time here as an international visiting graduate student, working under the supervision of Professor Thomas Hurka. There are many other scholars here whose works interests me: the chair tells me that this is the largest philosophy dept. in the English-speaking world!
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 8:29 PM by shalomation
  • One Thought Too Few: Where De Dicto Moral Motivation is Necessary My forthcoming publication in the journal Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, "One Thought Too Few: Where De Dicto Moral Motivation is Necessary", was also accepted for presentation at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME) under the name:"(Mis)Underestimating the Deliberative Role of de dicto Moral Motivation."I attach a penultimate version below (as well as a handout for my presentation in RoME). Please quote only from the published version, available for free viewing at:  http://rdcu.be/mOUKOr for download at:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10677-016-9742-5?no-access=trueAbstract De dicto moral motivation is typically characterized by the agent’s conceiving of her goal in thin normative terms such as ...
    Posted Apr 16, 2017, 10:49 AM by shalomation
  • Summer School on Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham, UK Got accepted to an International Postgraduate Summer School on Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham:http://www.philosophy-of-education.org/events/summer-school.htmlI hope this will help my project which aims to justify the cultivation of certain qualities of character as a wise preparatory measure for unexpected new normative understandings. Looking forward to it!
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 8:31 PM by shalomation
  • Is it virtuous to defer in the cases of transformative experience which L.A. Paul discusses? I had the honor of addressing this question recently at The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas in Tel Aviv University, as a commentator on L. A. Paul’s lecture “Preference Capture”. My power point  file is attached further below.I also started a different paper related to Paul's writings; for a 4 page abstract click here.
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 8:25 PM by shalomation
  • PhD Summer Workshop on Well-being I got accepted as a PhD Summer Workshop Fellow of the CMPP. The workshop will be on wellbeing, with L. W. Sumner. My interest in well-being is related to my interest in the activity of practical deliberation (in which we reason in order to make decisions regarding what to do): Is it constitutive for this activity to have some concern for well-being, happiness, or the good life in any sense?  
    Posted Jan 8, 2016, 5:05 AM by shalomation
  • Self, Motivation and Virtue Project Grant Application Our research project “Development of Human Values and Virtues” has passed the first stage of evaluation in the Self, Motivation and Virtue project ! At the next and final stage about ten research teams will be selected among 17. We now work on completing a full research proposal, on the basis of which we will be evaluated. Our project team is composed of both psychologists and philosophers: Ariel Knafo, Liat Hasenfratz, Arnon Levy, and I. I am excited about this combination of perspectives.Though it is not always easy to bridge the gaps. For instance, it took me some time to understand how psychologists use the term values (they view them as types of motivations).
    Posted Jan 8, 2016, 5:05 AM by shalomation
  • Presenting at AS I will be presenting at the Postgraduate Session of the The 2014 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association at Cambridge, UK, July 11-13. My talk has been postponed to Sunday due to my tradition of not working on the Jewish Sabbath (Shabat).  Here is an abstract of my talk:Is doing the right thing in order to behave in accordance with the moral truth as such less virtuous than doing the same right thing for the sake of some more concrete moral value (such as benevolence)? The former type of motivation has been called de-dicto moral motivation, whereas the latter - (non-derivative) de-re moral motivation. I argue that in cases where an effective ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2016, 5:06 AM by shalomation
  • Travelling to Intentions Conference I am travelling to Leeds, UK for the International conference on the Moral Significance of Intentions. Excited to meet the people I have been admiringly reading!
    Posted Jan 8, 2016, 5:06 AM by shalomation
  • Deciding Correctly, Even When the Evaluative Standard is Unknown. Deciding Correctly, Even When the Evaluative Standard is Unknown. (My MA Thesis) Many, if not all of us, try to make correct practical decisions in life. Sometimes we attempt this even when we are not able to explicitly specify the authoritative standard for the evaluation of the possible options-of choice. And even when we can define the evaluative standard that we have in mind, deliberation may lead us to question this standard, or adopt a different one. In an extreme case, deliberation may bring a person to question, or even lose, all of his adopted evaluative standards (goals, values, ideology), at least on the conscious level and for the moment.    This paper characterizes a type of deliberation that may ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2016, 11:10 PM by shalomation
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