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"Nudges": Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology

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Deadline Date

Thu, 05/15/2014

Event Ends

Wed, 10/15/2014 (All day)

Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology

Guest editors: Adrien Barton and Till Grüne-Yanoff

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: May 15, 2014

Call for Papers

Originally introduced by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, nudges have been defined as any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way, without merely informing, forbidding a course of action, or significantly changing the economic incentives. Nudges include for example default choices (e.g. people being considered as organ donors by default), physical arrangements of the environment (for instance displaying healthy food in a cafeteria line) or changing temporal perspectives (like the “Save More Tomorrow” program for retirement savings). Nudges have been taking an increasing importance in public policy with initiatives such as the “Behavioral Insights Team” dedicated to the public use of nudges in the UK.

The goal of this special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology is to bring together works from various disciplines to raise new lights on the study of nudges. In particular, we encourage submissions clarifying the status of nudges and their interactions with psychological processes. This requires a detailed analysis of the connections between nudges and fundamental notions including: heuristic; bias and rationality; decision, choice and action; causality; control, freedom of choice and consent; influence and manipulation. We also welcome papers investigating the ethics of nudges, the implication of nudges for political philosophy, or the contextual analysis of specific nudges. We encourage submissions from experts of various fields, including – but not restricted to – philosophy, cognitive science, economics, medicine, and law.

Guest author and commentator

This issue will feature an invited article from Gerd Gigerenzer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and a commentary by Cass Sunstein, professor at Harvard Law School and co-author of NUDGE, addressing the contributions accepted to this issue.

Instructions for authors

Contributions should describe original and previously unpublished work. The submission process will include two phases: submission of an extended abstract, which will be blind-reviewed by the guest editors; and (if selected) submission of a full paper, which will be blind-reviewed by two anonymous referees.

For the first phase of abstract submission, authors should send two pdf files to

- a document stating the title of the proposed article as well as the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s)

- an anonymized extended abstract of maximum 1000 words.

Important dates

- Deadline for the submission of the extended abstract: May 15, 2014

- Deadline for the submission of the full paper: October 15, 2014

- Target publication date: June 30, 2015

About the journal

The Review of Philosophy and Psychology (ISSN: 1878-5158; eISSN: 1878-5166) is a peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly by Springer, which focuses on philosophical and foundational issues in cognitive science. The journal’s aim is to provide a forum for discussion on topics of mutual interest to philosophers and psychologists and to foster interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of philosophy and the sciences of the mind, including the neural, behavioural and social sciences. The journal publishes theoretical works grounded in empirical research as well as empirical articles on issues of philosophical relevance. It includes thematic issues featuring invited contributions from leading authors together with articles answering a call for papers.


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