Reversing the Side-Effect Effect
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
In the last decade, experimental philosophers have documented systematic asymmetries in the attributions of mental attitudes to agents who produce different types of side effects. We argue that that this effect is driven not simply by norm-violation but by salient norm-violation. As evidence for this hypothesis, we present two new studies in which two conflicting norms are present, and one or both of them is raised to salience. Expanding one's view to these additional cases presents, we argue, a fuller conception of the side-effect effect, which can be reversed by reversing which norm is salient.
Buffalo Experimental Philosophy Conference
Robinson, Brian; Stey, Paul; and Alfano, Mark, "Reversing the Side-Effect Effect" (2014). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 788.
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