The Center for Law, Behavior, and Cognition (CLBC) is an interdisciplinary research institute located at the Faculty of Law, Ruhr University Bochum. Our research is dedicated to naturalistic and experimental approaches in the philosophy of law, and their intersection with other disciplines like moral psychology and economic analysis of law. CLBC is headed by Prof. Dr. Stefan Magen, while Dr. Felipe Oliveira de Sousa and Dr. Karolina Prochownik are Senior Researchers at the institute. CLBC cooperates with the Center for Mind, Brain, and Cognitive Evolution at Ruhr-University, with the Experimental Philosophy Group Germany, and with the Max-Planck-Institute for Research for Collective Goods.
We’re happy to announce that Prof. Stefan Magen (RUB), Prof. Noel Struchiner (PUC Rio), Dr. Ivar Hannikainen (UGR), Prof. Fabio Leite (PUC Rio), and Dr. Karolina Prochownik (RUB) have been awarded a three-year (2020-2023) joint award from the Brazilian Federal Agency for the Advancement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) to carry out collaborative research in experimental jurisprudence.
The project is titled “Experimental Legal Philosophy: The Concept of Law Revisited” and will kick off this summer. It aims to apply the experimental tools developed in the psychological sciences to probe the cognitive underpinnings of legal intuition, addressing core questions in the philosophy of law.” As part of the project, we will also organize a series of workshops in Brazil and Germany to bring together researchers in experimental jurisprudence.
Legal X-Phi Bibliography
We have compiled a bibliography of research papers, chapters and books relevant to the field of experimental legal philosophy.
If you would like to suggest adding published or forthcoming work to the list, please contact Karolina Prochownik (email@example.com).
Center for Mind & Cognition
The Center for Mind & Cognition welcomes
Prof. Dr. Stefan Magen as Principal Investigator.
Block Reading Seminar 2019 (060 123)
In the summer term 2019 there will be a reading seminar in „Experimental Philosophy of Law“
To sign up for the course, please contact the chair´s secretariat (GD 2/371, Tel. 0234-3229640, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or attend the first introductory session.
The preliminary meeting will take place: 01.04.2019, 10:00, GD 2/354
Prof. Dr. Dr. Chrysostomos Mantzavinos
From 28th May 2018 to 8th June 2018 Prof. Dr. Dr. Chrysostomos Mantzavinos, University of Athens, will be a visiting professor at CLBC.
Final Program and Registration
To register for the conference, please send an email to email@example.com by 21 May 2018. The participation in the conference is free of charge but the number of places is limited. The registration is on a first come, first served basis.
“Experimental and Naturalistic Perspectives on the Philosophy of Law”
Ruhr-University Bochum, June 4th–6th 2018
The newly founded “Center for Law, Behavior, and Cognition” at Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) invites submissions for its inaugural conference on “Experimental and Naturalistic Perspectives on the Philosophy of Law”.
While ubiquitous in legal sociology, legal psychology or law and economics, empirical methods and scientific explanations are rarely applied to the philosophy of law. Much of this absence may be explained by the fact that legal philosophy is still dominantly conceived as linguistic or conceptual analysis that does not benefit from empirical or scientific methodologies. Instead, problems like the nature of legal normativity or the elements and structure of legal systems are perceived as philosophical questions that are best addressed through characteristically philosophical methods.
In the meantime, advances in experimental philosophy and economics, as well as moral, social, and evolutionary psychology have yielded novel insights into the nature of human morality, cooperation and social cognition that may provide purchase on questions inherent to legal philosophy. The inaugural conference of CLBC aims to provide a forum of exchange for scholars from philosophy and from the social sciences engaged with experimental and naturalistic methods in the philosophy of law.
We welcome submissions from legal scholars, experimental philosophers, and psychologists examining law from various empirical and naturalistic perspectives. We also invite theoretical proposals addressing implications of empirical research for legal philosophy, as well as methodological papers addressing potential issues or challenges associated with experimental studies of the legal system.
In particular, the conference will cover four (related and overlapping) areas of interest for legal philosophy:
- naturalistic approaches to legal philosophy
- experiments on philosophical intuitions and judgments in legal philosophy
- the import of research in moral and cognitive psychology for legal philosophy
- the import of research in experimental game theory for legal philosophy
Keynote and Invited Speakers: Markus Kneer, Zurich; Joshua Knobe, Yale; Edouard Machery, Pittsburgh; Matthias Mahlmann, Zurich; Chrysostomos Mantzavinos, Athens; Albert Newen, Bochum; Dietmar von der Pfordten, Gottingen; Ralf Poscher, Freiburg; Dan Priel, York; Roseanna Sommers, Yale; Sylvia Terbeck, Plymouth; Pascale Willemsen, Bochum; Wojciech Załuski, Krakow.
Organizers: Stefan Magen, Karolina Prochownik, Center for Law, Behavior, and Cognition, Faculty of Law, Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitaetsstraße 150, D-44780 Bochum
Abstract submission deadline: Please send extended abstracts (max. 750 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “CLBC 2018 submission” by February 15th, 2018.
Paper acceptance: We will notify speakers by March 15st, 2018.
Contact: If you have any further questions about the conference, please feel free to contact the organizers at email@example.com.