Workshop Berlin

The Experimental Philosophy Group Germany and the group of the Einstein Visiting Fellow Jesse Prinz (Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) held a 1.5-day workshop on Experimental Philosophy, which took place on Friday, 18 November 2016 and Saturday, 19 November 2016 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Research in Experimental Philosophy has developed massively during the last 10-15 years. New experimental tools are now available, and new methods are applied to investigate philosophical problems. This workshop aimed to acquaint philosophers at all levels interested in experimental philosophy with the state-of-the-art in experimental philosophy. For this purpose, two leading experts in these fields – Jesse Prinz and Justin Sytsma  - headed this workshop on methods and new directions in experimental philosophy.

The workshop was followed by a Conference on Experimental Moral Psychology and Philosophy on Sunday, 20 November 2016

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This workshop was funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin and is jointly organized by the Experimental Philosophy Group Germany and by Jesse Prinz' Einstein Group at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 

Workshop Leaders:

Jesse Prinz (CUNY / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Justin Sytsma (Victoria University of Wellington)

Further Speakers at the Workshop

Roland Bluhm

Kevin Reuter (University of Bern)

Alex Wiegmann (University of Göttingen)



Joerg Fingerhut (Einstein Group, Berlin School of Mind and Brain)

Lara Pourabdolrahim (Associated Researcher, Einstein Group)

Jesse Prinz (CUNY / Einstein Visiting Fellow, Berlin School of Mind and Brain)

Kevin Reuter (University of Bern)

Pascale Willemsen (Ruhr University Bochum)



Friday, November 18, 2016

 13.00 – 13.15      Welcome & Introduction

 13.15 – 14.15      Keynote Justin Sytsma (Wellington): Are religious philosophers less analytic?

 Coffee break

14.45 – 15.45      Justin Sytsma: The theory of experimental philosoph

Short coffee break

16.00 – 17.00      Justin Sytsma: The practice of experimental philosophy

Short coffee break 

17.15 – 18.15      Jesse Prinz (New York, Berlin): TBA

Short coffee break 

18.30 – 19.30      Jesse Prinz: TBA


Saturday, November 19, 2016

9.00 – 9.30           FESTSAAL                                                    ROOM 220

                             Philipp Huebl:                                            Cecilea Mun:

                             Choosing the lesser evil.                             Challenging intuitions on emotions
                             How to put up with
                             the consequences of our actions                                  

9.30-10.00          Rodrigo J Díaz:                                           Laura Kaltwasser:

                            Partiality and impartiality: Which one           On the relationship of emotional                                                                            do we value more?                                       abilities and prosocial behavior

Short coffee break

10.15 – 10.45      Veselina Kadreva et al.:                               Gina Eickers:

                            First vs. third person moral dilemmas.         Stereotypes in social interaction:   
                            Bio-signal based research.                           Asymmetries in mental state and action attributions

10.45 – 11.15      Hanno Sauer:                                              Susanne Kroeger:

                            Vindicating arguments                                Moral philosophy at theintersection of neuroscience and                                                                                                          moral experimental psychology                              

Short coffee break

11.30 – 12.45      Roland Bluhm and Kevin Reuter (Bern): Corpus Studies

Lunch break


13.30 – 14.45      Blitz Talks 

  1. Robin G. Loehr: Biased experts: Experimental philosophy as a psychology of philosophy
  2. Monika Bystroňová: Folk blaming and punishment: New connections
  3. Anita Keshmirian, Yasaman Rafiee and Javad Hatami: Using the internet and morality: An exploratory research on the relationship between using the internet and moral decision making
  4. Yasaman Rafiee, Anita Keshmirian, Javad Hatami and Bahar Sadeghi Abdollahi: The effect of menstrual cycle on women’s moral decision making in fertility ages, based on dual process theory
  5. Hyo-Eun Kim: Pain and moral judgment
  6. Jan Horský: "Walking the walk": Moral judgment & moral decision-making
  7. Brian Jabarian: Moral and markets: How do they go together?
  8. Haim Cohen: Moral Judgments: belief-like or desire-like?
  9. Michaela Košová: (Inter)personal Identity
  10. Adriana Alcaraz: Where’s grounded our sense of Self?: Phenomenal selfhood, full-body illusions and dreams
  11. Adrianna Smurzyńska: Analogy and other minds – the experimental study
  12. Sanna Hirvonen: Do speakers believe that judgments of taste are subjective?
  13. Alexander Dinges: Knowledge and availability
  14. Grzegorz Gaszczyk: Empirical study on selfless assertion
  15. Katalin Tihanyi: The challenge of testing referential intuitions
  16. David Merry: Experiments for Lucretius
  17. Joerg Fingerhut and Aenne A. Brielmann: Ideal proportions and beauty: Natural and artistic beauty do not align

14.45 – 15.15      Poster Session

Short coffee break

15.30 – 16.45      Alex Wiegmann (Göttingen): Statistics

Short coffee break

17.00 – 17.30      FESTSAAL                                                   ROOM 220

                           Robin Kopecky:                                          Nora Heinzelmann:             

                          Between moral psychology and                    Delay discounting and weakness of will
                          philosophy: Methodological and
                          philosophical problems of using
                          thought experiments            

17.30 – 18.00     Carme Isern-Mas, Antoni Gomila:            Benjamin Fischer, Damar  Hoogland                                                                  Looking into the sense of justice                 and Björn Jorges: Do scientific
                                                                                             convictions serve as buffer
                                                                                             against death anxiety?                                                                  

Short coffee break

18.15 – 19.15      Keynote Jesse Prinz (New York, Berlin): The moral self