Investigations and Talks                                    



Prestige bias, Sesgo del prestigio (Roxana Kreimer, Buffalo Experimental Philosophy Conference)

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2016 Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference:  “The Impact of Authority Figures in our Beliefs: Experimental Studies on the 'Author´s Bias'.

When we are convinced by an idea, are we influenced by the prestige of the person who suggests it? Which are the downsides of this phenomenon that can limit our rationality?


The Ethics of Humor

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First International Conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Humor, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, July 2nd, 2016. Charlie Hebdo´s tragedy reopened the controversy surrounding certain issues of vital importance in the assessment of humor. In this talk Roxana Kreimer provides some questions related to this debate. For example, if humor should be evaluated like any other kind of discourse, or if we must assess it adopting specific rules. Should the principle of charity be used to evaluate a cartoon? Should humor be evaluated within the framework of ethics or should it be autonomous, as proponents of "art for art´s sake" suggest? Finally, we will reflect on discriminatory jokes and the possibility to assess their ethical legitimacy according to deontological and utilitarian principles.

Gender assymetries in hostil humor (Roxana Kreimer, Experimental Philosophy)

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28th ISHS Conference (International Society for Humor Studies), Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland,  June   2016. Including the debate, it lasts 25 minutes.

 This talk synthesizes a work in Experimental Philosophy in which gender differences in humor are investigated. We asked men and women to send jokes, and men sent more jokes that contained some element of violence, as well as more sexist, homophobic and discriminatory jokes. The themes of the jokes they chose were not much different than the themes that the stereotype indicates are more attractive outside the realm of humor: in the case of men, sex, money, politics and war; in the case of women, interpersonal relationships and, in terms of comedy resources, more puns. On average, men responded more frequently with  another joke when they perceived a situation as humorous, which is consistent with previous studies (Provine, 1993) and with hypotheses corroborated by empirical studies of evolutionary psychology. This study might help to find out why some jokes told by men turn out to be violent for women, it might also help to focus on the relationship between ethics and humor, and to identify patterns that could encourage women to have -on average- a more active role in the production of humor.


The Author´s Bias: Dare to Think

Roxana´s lecture at the First Latin American Conference of Scientific Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires, September, 2015.


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Thought´s Vices

Roxana´s talk at the13th International Conference On Philosophical Practice, University of Belgrade, 15-18 August 2014. In a first part, where an irony format predominates, we analize some problems concerning certain developments of philosophy.
In the next part we expose a research in Experimental Philosophy that shows evidences about how much the principles of authority influence us when we assess an idea, leading us to confuse the message with the messenger.
Up to now, philosophy has been based on intuitions. We suggest that it is necessary to work in Experimental Philosophy to test some of them, not because philosophy and science should be the same nor because every judgment can be testable, but because, from our point of view, they cannot be divorced.
We show a video of a Philosophy Museum, based on the value of some ideas that contribute to the good life and not on the prestige of some philosophers. We suggest that other Philosophy Museums could be created in other parts of the world.


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Experimental and Scientific Philosophy

Roxana´s talk in the Department of Philosophy Conference, University of Buenos Aires, 2012.


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Happiness and Philosophical Practice

Roxana´s talk in the "11 International Conference on Philosophical Practice, University of Chuncheon, South Korea". July 2012. Tools for Philosophical Counseling based on scientific evidence. Analysis of case studies and a discussion of some skills that can be used to think about different kinds of problems. We recommend the work of some researchers whose observational and experimental studies offer relevant insights about philosophical topics, and we propose the development of a new field of study that can be extremely valuable for Philosophical Counseling, suggesting experimental study designs that can enrich the discipline with resources and procedures that are not based merely on personal opinions or on the authority of philosophical traditions. Finally, we will review some cultural and philosophical assumptions about happiness that have been supported by scientific evidence, and others that might be harmful if they are uncritically adopted by the consultant and/or the philosophical counselor.


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Roxana´s talk in Philosophy in Pubs, Liverpool.


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On Rationality (Roxana Kreimer, Gerardo Primero, Lydia Amir, Belgrado University)


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Fragments of the plenary "Rationality and Experience in Philosophical Practice" 13th International Conference on Philosophical Practice (ICPP), University of Belgrade, 15-18 August 2014



Philosophical Counselling

Fragment of a Philosophical Counseling session. Rosa raises the issue of the aging process of her parents. Beyond the physical problems, our worry about aging has to do with the fact that we think about the aging process watching it from the perspective of another age? An example of how contemporary scientific research challenge cultural stereotypes about aging. The video also contains a brief reflection about death. The original session lasted an hour and was made with the consent of Rosa with the purpose to publish it in Youtube and to present it in the end of the master class that Roxana Kreimer gave at the Eleventh Conference of Philosophical Practice held in July 2012 in Korea.


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The Tyranny Of Cars

Roxana´s conference about cars and sustainability in the University of Tel-Aviv


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Cognitive bias over authority (Roxana Kreimer, Meeting Society for Justice, Canterbury)

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16th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Justice, Canterbury, UK, July 2016

The Impact of Authority Figures in our Ideas of Justice. Experimental Studies on the "Author Bias".