Very Bad Wizards

Episode 28: Moral Persuasion

August 5th, 2013

Dave and Tamler try their best to do a show without guests--we talk about moral persuasion, motivated reasoning, and whether it's legitimate to use emotionally charged rhetoric in a philosophical argument. Plus, we describe how students proceed through the "Stages-of-Singer," and Tamler finally defends himself against Dave's slanderous accusation of hypocrisy about animal welfare.



Thomson, J. J. (1971). A defense of abortion.  Philosophy & Public Affairs,1, 47-66.

Marquis, D. (1989). Why abortion is immoral.  The Journal of Philosophy86(4), 183-202.

Ditto, P. H., & Lopez, D. F. (1992). Motivated skepticism: Use of differential decision criteria for preferred and nonpreferred conclusions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology63 (4), 568.

Ditto, P.H., Pizarro, D.A., & Tannenbaum, D. (2009). Motivated Moral Reasoning. In B. H. Ross (Series Ed.) & D. M. Bartels, C. W. Bauman, L. J. Skitka, & D. L. Medin (Eds.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol. 50: Moral Judgment and Decision Making. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Dawson, E., Gilovich, T., & Regan, D. T. (2002). Motivated Reasoning and Performance on the Wason Selection Task. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin28, 1379-1387.

Sam's House, an orphanage in Nepal [] 

The identifiable victim effect []


Tamler's mediocre TEDx talk on Moral Persuasion []

10 Classic South Park Impressions (including Sally Struthers) []

*musical breaks in this episode stolen from DJ Premier and Jay Electronica. Please don't sue. 


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