Cristina Bicchieri

Cristina Bicchieri
  • Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics

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Past Courses

  • BDS 502 - NORMS & NUDGES

    Social norms are the rules we live by, and we encounter them in any area of ourlife. Social norms often guarantee the smooth functioning of a group or organization. Sometimes, however, these norms are inefficient or do not benefit society at large. What can we do to change these harmful collective behaviors? Social psychology, philosophy, sociology, rational-choice, legal theory, and even economics, are investigating and theorizing pro-social behavior, justice motivation, and moral and social norms. In this course, we will examine the latest and best in this emerging multidisciplinary field. Students will be encouraged to apply its findings and methods to their area of interest.

  • PHIL228 - PHIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

    This course is about the foundations of contemporary social science. It focuses on the nature of social systems, the similarities and differences between social and natural sciences, the construction, analysis, and confirmation of social theories, and the nature of social explanations. Specific topics may include: What are social norms and conventions? What does it mean to have one gender rather than another, or one sexual orientation rather than another? Should social systems be studied quantitatively or qualitatively?

  • PHIL299 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Student arranges with a faculty member to pursue a program of reading and writing on a suitable topic.

  • PHIL301 - DIRECTED HONORS RESEARCH

    Open only to senior majors in philosophy. Student arranges with a faculty member to do an honors thesis on a suitable topic.

  • PHIL359 - TOPICS THEORETICAL PHIL

    This majors seminar will cover selected topics in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, or philosophy of language. Topics will vary from term to term.

  • PHIL428 - SOCIAL NORMS

    Social norms are the rules we live by, and we encounter them in any area of ourlife. Social norms often guarantee the smooth functioning of a group or organization. Sometimes, however, these norms are inefficient or do not benefit society at large. What can we do to change these harmful collective behaviors? Social psychology, philosophy, sociology, rational-choice, legal theory, and even economics, are investigating and theorizing pro-social behavior, justice motivation, and moral and social norms. In this course, we will examine the latest and best in this emerging multidisciplinary field. Students will be encouraged to apply its findings and methods to their area of interest.

  • PHIL525 - TOPICS PHIL SCI

    For the last four centuries, scientific research has provided our most reliable understanding of the world. Although the scientific revolution started modestly with attempts to understand stellar movement, we now know the age and constitution of the universe, the basis of heredity, and we can make and break chemical bonds at will. By all appearances, science seems to have made substantial progress from the scientific revolution to the global scientific enterprise of the 21st centry. This course is about how science has generated this knowledge, and whether it has been as progressive and reliable as it seems. We will consider methodological issues such as the sources of scientific knowledge, objectivity, the growing importance of computation in the natural sciences, and the nature of modeling. We will examine products of scientific research: explanations, models, theories, and laws of nature. And we will discuss questions about science and values, including whether non-scientific values can and should enter scientific research, the relationship between science and religion, and the role of the public in guiding the scientific enterprise.

  • PHIL531 - EMERGENCE OF RATIONALITY

    This is a graduate research seminar covering interdisciplinary research in psychology, philosophy, sociology and behavioral economics related to social norms. Social norms are informal institutions that regulate social life. We will devote particular attention to the following questions: 1. What is a good, operational definition of social norms? 2. Is there a difference between social and moral norms? 3. How can we measure whether a norm exits, and the conditions under which individuals are likely to comply with it? 4. Are behavioral experiments a good tool to answer questions 3? 5. How do norms emerge? 6. How are norms abandoned? 7. What is the role of trendsetters in norm dynamics?

  • PHIL576 - RTNALITY, MORALITY & LAW

    This class will be dedicated to investigating topics related to rationality in its many forms. Potential areas of study are metaethics, epistemology, moral psychology, and the philosophies of mind, language and action. UNDERGRADUATES NEED PERMISSION.

  • PHIL579 - SOCIAL PHILO

    During the last dozen years there has been an explosion of interest in empirically informed moral psychology. In this seminar, we will review some of the cutting empirical and theoretical work that is being done in moral psychology and explore its philosophical implications. About half o the sessions of the seminar will be led by Professor Bicchieri, Professor Harman or Professor Stitch. The other half will be led by leading philosophers and scientists from other departments and other universities.

  • PHIL995 - DISSERTATION

    Ph.D. candidates, who have completed all course requirements and have an approved dissertation proposal, work on their dissertation under the guidance of their dissertation supervisor and other members of their dissertation committee.

  • PHIL998 - TEACHING PRACTICUM

    Supervised teaching experience. Four semesters are required of all Doctoral students in philosophy.

  • PHIL999 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Directed readings in consultation with individual faculty members. Prerequisite: May be repeated for credit.

  • PPE 499 - ADVANCED RESEARCH

    This course may be taken by a PPE student for advanced research. Enrollment by permit only.

  • PSYC699 - INDIV RES FOR 1ST YR GRD

  • PSYC999 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

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