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The experimental philosophy lab: a new publication in Motivation and Emotion

One might assume that the desire to help (here described as Want) is the essential driver of helping declarations and/or behaviors. However, even if desire to help (Want) is low, intention to help may still occur if the expectancy regarding the perceived effectiveness of helping is high. We tested these predictions in a set of three experimental studies.
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Leszek Wroński's article in Synthese

I claim that objective consequentialism (OC) faces a problem stemming from the existence in some situations of a plurality of chances relevant to the outcomes of an agent’s acts. I suggest that this phenomenon bears structural resemblance to the well-known Reference Class problem. I outline a few ways in which one could attempt to deal with the issue, suggesting that it is the higher-level chance that should be employed by OC.
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Mariusz Maziarz and Martin Zach: new publication in Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice

Our purpose is to assess epidemiological agent‐based models—or ABMs—of the SARS‐CoV‐2 pandemic methodologically. The rapid spread of the outbreak requires fast‐paced decision‐making regarding mitigation measures.
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Joanna K. Malinowska and Tomasz Żuradzki in AJOB Neuroscience

What constitutes bias?; how biases may be embedded in the selection of research programs?; is it possible to conduct completely unbiased research? Joanna K. Malinowska and Tomasz Żuradzki try to notice possible answers to these questions in their commentary "Non-Epistemological Values in Collaborative Research in Neuroscience: The Case of Alleged Differences Between Human Populations".
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Results of the "Philosophy in Practice" competition for students in academic year 2019/20

We know the laureates of the "Philosophy in Practice" competition for students for best essay in the field of practical philosophy. Papers chosen by the jury will be published soon.
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Discussion: Normative status of high-risk medical services

Various medical services carry a high risk for people subject to such services. However, in a situation such as current Covid-19 pandemic, providing necessary services to an infected person may be associated with high risk for those who provide for that person. To determine the normative status of medical services associated with this type of risk, we need to answer several questions. We invite you to read and join the discussion on this topic.
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The Normative Significance of Empirical Moral Psychology - "Diametros" special issue - June 2020

The aim of this special issue is to encourage scholars to rethink how, if at all, it is possible to draw any normative conclusions by discovering the psychological processes underlying moral judgments.
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What do philosophers and social scientists say about the novel coronavirus?

Those last weeks both general public and scientific world is concerned about one thing only - and it is of course the pandemic of an infectious disease Covid-19 caused by novel coronavirus SARS-Cov-2. Philosophers and social scientists are among those who analise the global pandemic and the response to it. Below we present an overview of the most interesting philosophical articles about the novel coronavirus.
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Intensive care in crisis conditions

From reports on the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in various countries, especially Italy and Spain, we find out about desperate doctors who - in the absence of sufficient number of respirators - were forced to decide which of the suffocating patients would be given a chance to be saved. It seems that in such difficult decisions, doctors should not be abandoned - left without any normative support, relying only on an individual "conscience". We invite you to read the discussion on this topic.
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