Bio: Constantine Sandis is an academic researcher from University of Hertfordshire. The author has contributed to research in topics: Action (philosophy) & Moral psychology. The author has an hindex of 11, co-authored 52 publications receiving 485 citations. Previous affiliations of Constantine Sandis include Oxford Brookes University & New York University.
Papers published on a yearly basis
01 Jan 2010
13 Dec 2011
TL;DR: In this paper, the Ontology of Action is defined as a set of concepts that can be used to explain the actions of human beings, and the operation of reasons nested explanations is discussed.
Abstract: Preface Acknowledgments Analytic Table of Contents 20 Conflating Views to Avoid The Objectives of Action Explanation Conflation in Action What Makes An Explanation Proper? The Operation of Reasons Nested Explanations The Structure of Agential Explanation Spheres of Explanation Appendix I - The Ontology of Action Appendix II - Thought and Motive in Historiography Bibliography Index
30 Apr 2010
TL;DR: This paper proposed a global and morally mandatory heuristic that anyone involved in an action which can possibly generate harm for others, even probabilistically, should be required to be exposed to some damage, regardless of context.
Abstract: Standard economic theory makes an allowance for the agency problem, but not the compounding of moral hazard in the presence of informational opacity, particularly in what concerns high-impact events in fat tailed domains. Nor did it look at exposure as an evolutionary filter that removes bad risk takers from the system so they stop harming others. But the ancients did; so did many aspects of moral philosophy. We propose a global and morally mandatory heuristic that anyone involved in an action which can possibly generate harm for others, even probabilistically, should be required to be exposed to some damage, regardless of context. While perhaps not sufficient, the heuristic is certainly necessary hence mandatory. It is supposed to counter voluntary and involuntary risk hiding and transfer in the tails. We link the rule to various philosophical approaches to ethics and moral luck.
TL;DR: In this article, Dretske and Stoecker present a Grass-Root approach to acting for reasons in the context of human behavior. But they do not address the question of whether one can act for a reason without acting intentally.
Abstract: Notes on Contributors Introduction PART I: REASONS AND CAUSES What Must Actions be for Reasons to Explain Them? F.Dretske What Kind of Things are Reasons for Action? S.Everson Was Sally's Reason for Running From the Bear that She Thought it was Chasing Her? R.Stout Con-reasons as Causes D.H. Ruben Agential Reasons and the Explanation of Human Behaviour P.M.S.Hacker Reasons as Non-causal, Context-placing Explanations J.Tanney Interpretive Explanations G.F.Schueler Anscombe on the Expression of Intention: An Exegesis R.Moran & M.J.Stone Can One Act for a Reason Without Acting Intentionally? J.Knobe & S.D.Kelly Reasons: Explanatory and Normative J.Raz Reasons, Desires and Intentional Actions M.Alvarez A Niggle at Nagel: Causally Active Desires and the Explanation of Action C.Pigden Acting in Character A.Baier Aquinas on the Explanation of Action S.Boulter Acting for Reasons - A Grass Root Approach R.Stoecker PART II: AGENCY AND MORAL PSYCHOLOGY Sub-Intentional Actions and the Over-Mentalization of Agency H.Steward Determinism, Intentional Action, and Bodily Movements F.Stoutland Free Agency, Causation, and Action Explanation E.J.Lowe Gods and Mental States: The Causation of Action in Ancient Tragedy and Modern Philosophy of Mind C.Sandis Aristotle's Conception of Practical Thinking A.W.Price Action in Moral Metaphysics J.Dancy Non-cognitivism and Motivation N.Zangwill Index
01 Dec 2004
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01 Jan 1983
TL;DR: Haidt as mentioned in this paper argues that the visceral reaction to competing ideologies is a subconscious, rather than leaned, reaction that evolved over human evolution to innate senses of suffering, fairness, cheating and disease, and that moral foundations facilitated intra-group cooperation which in turn conferred survival advantages over other groups.
Abstract: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion Jonathan Haidt Pantheon Books, 2012One has likely heard that, for the sake of decorum, religion and politics should never be topics of conversation with strangers. Even amongst friends or even when it is known that others hold opposing political or religious views, why is it that discussion of religion and politics leads to visceral-level acrimony and that one's views are right and the other's views are wrong? Professor Jonathan Haidt of the University of Virginia examines the psychological basis of our "righteous minds" without resorting to any of the pejorative labeling that is usually found in a book on politics and religion and eschews a purely comparative approach. Haidt proposes the intriguing hypothesis that our visceral reaction to competing ideologies is a subconscious, rather than leaned, reaction that evolved over human evolution to innate senses of suffering, fairness, cheating and disease, and that moral foundations facilitated intra-group cooperation which in turn conferred survival advantages over other groups. These psychological mechanisms are genetic in origin and not necessarily amenable to rational and voluntary control - this is in part the reason debating one's ideological opposite more often leads to frustration rather than understanding. Haidt also suggests that morality is based on six "psychological systems" or foundations (Moral Foundations Theory), similar to the hypothesized adaptive mental modules which evolved to solve specific problems of survival in the human ancestral environment.While decorum pleads for more civility, it would be better, as Haidt suggests, dragging the issue of partisan politics out into the open in order to understand it and work around our righteous minds. Haidt suggests a few methods by which the level of rhetoric in American politics can be reduced, such that the political parties can at least be cordial as they have been in the past and work together to solve truly pressing social problems.There are a number of fascinating points raised in the current book, but most intriguing is the one that morality, ideology and religion are products of group selection, as adaptations that increased individual cooperation and suppressed selfishness, thereby increasing individual loyalty to the group. That morality, political ideology and religion buttress group survival is probably highly intuitive. However, given the contemporary focus on the individual as the source of adaptations, to the exclusion of all else, to suggest that adaptations such as religion and political ideology arose to enhance survival of groups is heresy or, as Haidt recounts, "foolishness". While previous rejection of group selection itself was due in part to conceptual issues, one could also point out the prevailing individualist social sentiment, "selfish gene" mentality and unrelenting hostility against those who supported the view that group selection did indeed apply to humans and not just to insects. Haidt gives a lengthy and convincing defense of group selection, his main point being that humans can pursue self- interest at the same time they promote self-interest within a group setting - humans are "90 percent chimp, 10 percent bees". One can readily observe in the news and entertainment mediate that religion is a frequent target of derision, even within the scientific community - Haidt points to the strident contempt that the "New Atheists" hold for religion. They claim that religion is purely a by-product of an adaptive psychological trait and as a mere by-product religion serves no useful purpose. However, the religious "sense" has somehow managed to persist in the human psyche. One explanation by the New Atheists of how religion propagated itself is that it is a "parasite" or "virus" which latches onto a susceptible host and induces the host to "infect" others. As a "virus" or "parasite" that is merely interested in its own survival, religion causes people to perform behaviors that do not increase their own reproductive fitness and may even be detrimental to survival, but religion spreads nonetheless. …
01 Jan 2016
TL;DR: When Prophecy Fails as discussed by the authors is a powerful account of what happens to ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances, and it is also a surprisingly touching account of ordinary people' reactions when their prophecy is not fulfilled.
Abstract: In 1954 Leon Festinger, a brilliant young experimental social psychologist in the process of inventing a new theory of human behavior - the theory of cognitive dissonance - and two of his colleagues, Henry Riecken and Stanley Schachter, infiltrated a cult who believed the end of the world was only months away. How would these people feel when their prophecy remained unfulfilled? Would they admit the error of their prediction, or would they, as Festinger predicted, readjust their reality to make sense of the new circumstances? Not only is When Prophecy Fails of great historical importance as the first test of a powerful theory, but it is also a surprisingly touching account of what happens to ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances.