The Group for Empirical Approaches to Morality and Society

Hi and welcome!

The Group for Empirical Approaches to Morality and Society (G.E.M.S.) is an NYC-based venue for the presentation of research in social, political, and moral philosophy that is empirically-informed in a broad sense of the term. We welcome presentations that bring work in psychology, economics, history, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies, and other disciplines to bear on philosophical issues. We host presentations on research at a variety of stages of development in a constructive and open atmosphere.

G.E.M.S. is housed at the City University of New York (CUNY) and promotes research in the broader NYC area, but we also invite speakers and welcome participants from outside the region.

Upcoming Presentations

May 12, 2022, 11am ET (Zoom)

  • How morality drives human evolution
    Victor Kumar (Boston University)

  • Seeing and sanctioning system-level injustice
    Grace Flores-Robles (CUNY Graduate Center)

Past Presentations

March 31, 2022, 11am EST (Zoom)

  • Asymmetrical genetic attributions for prosocial versus antisocial behavior
    Kathryn Tabb (Bard College) & Matthew Lebowitz (Columbia University)

  • The moral staining effect: a study of moral definition over time
    Brian McNiff (New York University)

February 24, 2022, 4pm EST (Zoom)

  • Lay beliefs about self-identification: the case of gender
    Cai Guo (Stanford University)

  • Based on Billions of Words on the Internet, PEOPLE = MEN
    April Bailey (New York University & University of New Hampshire)

December 9, 2021, 4pm EST (Zoom)

  • Structural Thinking about the Social World
    Ny Vasil (California State University, East Bay)

  • What's ‘Undue’ about Inducement? Critical Perspectives from Bioxphi
    Julia Kolak (CUNY Graduate Center)

Session on Feminist Themes
April 22, 2021, 12pm EDT (Zoom)

  • When is Reappropriation Appropriate? Lessons from ‘Gossip’
    Shannon Brick and Tomasz Zyglewicz (CUNY Graduate Center)

  • Pornography, Discourse, and Desires
    Eleonore Neufeld (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

November 12, 2020, 4pm EDT (Zoom)

  • Actor-Observer Asymmetry: Under the Microscope
    Abby Concha (New School for Social Research)

  • Individualism, Structuralism, and Climate Change
    Michael Brownstein (John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center)

October 22, 2020, 4pm EDT (Zoom)

  • “Minds Without Moral Status?”
    Nicolas Porot (Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique) and Madeline Reinecke (Yale University)

  • “Autonomy and the Folk Concept of Valid Consent”
    Joanna Demaree-Cotton (Yale University) and Roseanna Sommers (University of Michigan)

  • Are Philosophers Expert Modal Reasoners?
    Caroline Hendy (University of Hawaii) and Daniel Kilov (Australian National University)

September 24, 2020, 4pm EDT (Zoom)

  • Perceptual Dualism
    Fiona Schick (CUNY Grad Center)

  • Moral Affordances Shape Moral Perception
    Jordan Wylie (CUNY Grad Center)

  • Philosophical Arguments Can Motivate Charitable Giving
    Matthew Lindauer (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

May 7, 2020, Online Session (Zoom)

  • Separability and the Effect of Valence: An Experimental Study on Thick Concepts
    Pascale Willemsen (University of Zurich) and Kevin Reuter (University of Zurich)

  • Surprising Ways that People Classify Obviously Moral Judgments as Non-Moral
    Ross Colebrook (CUNY Graduate Center)

  • The Development and Consequences of Punishment-Related Concepts
    James Dunlea (Columbia University)

  • “How Empirical Criminology and Moral Philosophy Can Inform Each Other”
    Jonathan Jacobs (John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center)

March 5, 2020, CUNY Graduate Center

  • “Doesn’t Everybody Jaywalk? Exploring the Phenomenon of Phantom Rules”
    Ana Gantman (Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center)

  • “Essentializing Language and the Prospects for Ameliorative Projects”
    Katherine Ritchie (City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center)

Location: Our in-person meetings are held at the CUNY Graduate Center and our online sessions are held on Zoom. All sessions are online for the time being.

Substitute organizers (Spring 2022): Shannon Brick and Tomasz Zyglewicz