(Originally published: Nov 10, 2012)

I’ve just returned from a great, short visit with the philosophy crowd at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Midwest Experimental and Theoretical Association (META) invited me down to give a talk yesterday. I want to thank them not only the for the opportunity, but also the great questions. That’s a sharp group of philosophers.

Since the work I presented there is still preliminary, I won’t be offering an extended summary of the talk yet. The title was “Creating Heroes and Villains: Attributing Character Traits with Little Evidence.” I focused on the Fundamental Attribution Error and the questions it raises for attributions of virtues and vices. I’ll be developing this project more in the future, and so I hope to have more to report down the road after subsequent talks or an article.

On another note, the busy part of the term has hit and the teetering stack of papers and midterms to grade looks dangerously close to tipping over. So I won’t be posting for a while as I grade most of the time between now and finals (since still more midterms will be arriving soon).