Volume II, Issue 2, 2015

An Evolutionary Argument for a Self-Explanatory, Benevolent Metaphysics (pages 143-166)

Ward Blondé ABSTRACT: In this paper, a metaphysics is proposed that includes everything that can be represented by a well-founded multiset. It is shown that this metaphysics, apart from being self-explanatory, is also benevolent. Paradoxically, it turns out that the probability that we were born in another life than our own is zero. More insights are gained by inducing properties from ... Read More »

Visual Arguments and Moral Causes in Charity Advertising: Ethical Considerations (pages 167-185)

Ioana Grancea ABSTRACT: Social advertising often employs persuasive imagery in support of a morally laden cause. These visual arguments can take the form of veridical representations of the given situation or the form of purposeful visual blends. Both visual routes to persuasion have serious ethical issues to confront. In what concerns the purportedly veridical images, controversies about picture retouching and framing have cast many doubts on ... Read More »

Contre la prestance du déterminisme social: Bourdieu et Melançon (pages 187-200)

Maja Alexandra Nazaruk ABSTRACT: Focused on the notion of the threshold of objectivity, my article dissects the empirical mirror-glass of the philosophy of Joseph Melançon. I propose to thrust this emblematic perspective of determinist discourse against the literary turn, acclaimed for its underpinning ambiguous subjectivity – here notably made relevant by Pierre Bourdieu. Both discursive practices complete each other and reject ... Read More »

Understanding Moral Judgments: The Role of the Agent’s Characteristics in Moral Evaluations (pages 203-213)

Emilia Alexandra Antonese ABSTRACT: Traditional studies have shown that the moral judgments are influenced by many biasing factors, like the consequences of a behavior, certain characteristics of the agent who commits the act, or the words chosen to describe the behavior. In the present study we investigated a new factor that could bias the evaluation of morally relevant human behavior: the ... Read More »

The Role of Motivational Persistence and Resilience over the Well-being Changes Registered in Time (pages 215-241)

Cristina Maria Bostan ABSTRACT: The present study investigates the interaction between personal characteristics that are considered nowadays strengths used to face difficult events or transition period. A number of 200 married or living together participants completed self-reports for common goals, motivational persistence, resilience and well-being. Results show that persistence and resilience do interact with each other at an individual level but ... Read More »

Individual Differences in Emotion and Thought Regulation Processes: Implications for Mental Health and Wellbeing (pages 243-258)

Cornelia Măirean ABSTRACT: This paper focuses on two strategies – cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression – that people use to regulate their emotions and thoughts in daily life. Cognitive reappraisal is considered to be the effort made by an individual with the aim of changing the meaning of a situation in order to decrease its intense and negative emotional impact. Expressive ... Read More »

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