Moral Character: On Automaticity, Agency, and Responsibility
My research at the UiO concerns the moral psychological problem of ‘automaticity’, which holds that most of people's moral behaviour is driven by unconscious, automatic cognitive processes rather than conscious, rational deliberation, such that people typically lack 'agency'. In response, through empirical psychological data and philosophical conceptual analysis, I explore a notion of moral agency as the agentive development of one's own 'moral character', with a related notion of moral responsibility.
Moral psychology, metaethics, moral responsibility, agency, control, moral emotions, moral reasoning, moral cognition, virtue ethics, the nature of normativity/value, moral knowledge, moral development/education and the role of arts therein.
History of education
Philosophy (MA: Metaethics, philosophy of psychology & biology), King’s College London, UK.
Empirical Ethics (MA: Moral psychology), OZSW VU University Amsterdam, NL.
Philosophy (BA Honours: Metaethics, virtue ethics), University of Edinburgh, UK.
Moral Psychology (BA: Moral cognition), Leiden University, NL.
Philosophy (BA: Metaethics, neurophilosophy, antique ethics), University of Amsterdam, NL.
Literature (BA: Ancient Greek, Russian), University of Amsterdam, NL.
Fine Arts (BA: Writing, drawing, dialectics), ArtEZ Academy for Art & Design, Arnhem, NL.
Classical Philosophy BA (Leiden University, NL)
Research and teaching assistant, Prof. Dr. F.A.J. De Haas
OPTIMUS Schooling Community (Den Bosch, NL)
Reorienting Educational Values (Innovation stipend of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture & Innovation).
Het Nieuwe Trivium/SCN (Amsterdam, NL)
Socratic dialogue leader and trainer, in companies and schools.
Felix Meritis, Felix & Sofie (Amsterdam, NL)
Organisation and moderation philosophical debates.
Selected publications and orations
Rijnders, J. (2013/02) The Explanatory Reach of Neuroscience, Cimedart, University of Amsterdam.
Rijnders, J. (2012/10) A Banal Realist Culture, Felix Meritis, Amsterdam, NL
Rijnders, J. (2012/05) Moving beyond Subjectivism, even/especially in arts, De Volkskrant.
Rijnders, J. (2011/04) Schooling is questioning: “What is of Value?”, Cimedart, University of Amsterdam.
Rijnders, J. (2011/02) From Human Nature to a Humane Society, Nait Soez'n, Royal University Groningen.
Rijnders, J. (2011/02) Perspectives on & from Economic Servitude, Cimedart, University of Amsterdam.
Rijnders, J. (2010/05) Global Identitycrisis, 21Rozendaal/All About Art Magazine.
Rijnders, J. (2009/06) On Art Business & Art Education, Luxity Magazine.