Ferenc Hörcher is giving a talk on the conference Memory, Identity and Historical Exoeriences in the Context of Political Culture organized by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity on the 15th of December in Warsaw. The title of his talk is "What is the problem with the post-1990 reconciliation in Europe?"
The Lendület Morals and Science Research Group, RCH HAS and the Institute Vienna Circle cordially invites you to the conference on
The Socio-Ethical Dimension of Knowledge: The Mission of Logical Empiricism
Date: 12-13 December 2017
Venue: 4 Tóth Kálmán st., 1014 Budapest (7th floor, "Trapese" room)
For the program see poster.
Organizers: Ádám Tamás Tuboly (Institute of Philsophy, RCH HAS) & Christian Damböck (Institute Vienna Circle)
Issue no. 91 of the art theory journal, Enigma has been recently published. Deodáth Zuh, our colleague figures there as guest editor of Arnold Hauser's early works and makes an attempt to cast new light on the genesis of Hauser's sociologically informed theory of art by tracing them back to his Budapest, resp. Vienna period. Present issue contains a series of pre-war Hungarian articles, and an originally German essay on the process of gathering samples for an interpretive sociology of film. Some freshly processed documents, and a lengthy editorial introduction completes this collection of texts. Issue No. 91 of Enigma is a joint product of Research Group for Art Historiography of RCH HAS, and MTA Lendület Morals and Science Research Group. It was dedicated to the loving memory of Árpád Tímár.
The Institute of Philosophy RCH HAS cordially invites you to its upcoming talk:
Justin Sytsma (Victoria University of Wellington):
Are religious philosophers less analytic?
Date: 5 December 2017, 16:00
Venue: 4. Tóth Kálmán st., Budapest, 1097; 7th floor
Some researchers in philosophy of religion have charged that the sub-discipline exhibits a number of features of poor health, prominently including that “partisanship is so entrenched that most philosophers of religion, instead of being alarmed by it, just take it for granted” (Draper and Nichols, 2013, 421). And researchers in experimental philosophy of religion have presented empirical work that supports this contention, arguing that it shows that confirmation bias plays a notable role in the acceptance of natural theological arguments among philosophers (De Cruz, 2014; Tobia, 2015; De Cruz and De Smedt, 2016).
But while these studies indicate that there is a correlation between religious belief and judgments about natural theological arguments, they do not establish that causation runs from belief to judgment as has been claimed. In this paper I offer an alternative explanation, suggesting that thinking style is a plausible common cause. I note that previous research has shown a significant negative correlation between analytic thinking style and both religious belief and religious engagement in the general population (Shenhav, Rand, and Greene, 2012; Gervaise and Norenzayan, 2012; Pennycook et al., 2012, 2013; Jack et al., 2016).
Further, other research has shown a significant positive correlation between analytic thinking style and training in philosophy that is independent of overall level of education (Livengood et al., 2010).
Pulling these threads together, I hypothesize that there is an especially strong correlation between thinking style and religiosity among philosophers. This hypothesis is tested by looking at a sample of 524 people with an advanced degree in philosophy. The results support the hypothesis, showing a medium-large negative correlation between analytic thinking style and religious engagement that is roughly twice as strong as has been reported for the general population (r=-0.39 among men, r=-0.34 among women). And the correlation is even stronger if we restrict to Christian theists and non-theists (r=-0.61 among men, r=-0.62 among women).