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Transformative experiences, cognitive modelling and affective forecasting


Mathony, Marvin; Messerli, Michael (2024). Transformative experiences, cognitive modelling and affective forecasting. Erkenntnis, 89(1):65-87.

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In the last seven years, philosophers have discussed the topic of transformative experiences. In this paper, we contribute to a crucial issue that is currently under-researched: transformative experiences' influence on cognitive modelling. We argue that cognitive modelling can be operationalized as affective forecasting, and we compare transformative and non-transformative experiences with respect to the ability of affective forecasting. Our finding is that decision-makers’ performance in cognitively modelling transformative experiences does not systematically differ from decision-makers’ performance in cognitively modelling non-transformative experiences. This claim stands in strict opposition to L.A. Paul’s main argument.

Abstract

In the last seven years, philosophers have discussed the topic of transformative experiences. In this paper, we contribute to a crucial issue that is currently under-researched: transformative experiences' influence on cognitive modelling. We argue that cognitive modelling can be operationalized as affective forecasting, and we compare transformative and non-transformative experiences with respect to the ability of affective forecasting. Our finding is that decision-makers’ performance in cognitively modelling transformative experiences does not systematically differ from decision-makers’ performance in cognitively modelling non-transformative experiences. This claim stands in strict opposition to L.A. Paul’s main argument.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Physical Sciences > Logic
Language:English
Date:1 January 2024
Deposited On:20 Oct 2022 15:15
Last Modified:27 Apr 2024 01:40
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0165-0106
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-022-00523-z
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-022-00523-z
Related URLs:https://uzb.swisscovery.slsp.ch/permalink/41SLSP_UZB/18ib5b3/alma990009777900205508 (Library Catalogue)