Handbook of Value – Perspectives from Economics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology
Edited by Tobias Brosch and David Sander
New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, 432 Pages, ISBN: 978-0-19-871660-0
This Handbook combines the forces of the many disciplines involved in value research and covers issues such as definitions of value and the role of value in emotion. The book contributes to an interdisciplinary dialogue by providing a common reference point to serve as a resource for disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. What is value? Where does it come from? How does it impact our emotions, motivations, decisions and experiences? Value is involved in practically every aspect of human life: whether we decide whom to marry or which political candidate to elect, whether we choose between consumer goods, whether we ask ourselves what is morally right, or beautiful, or sacred, value plays a crucial role. Today the investigation of value is central to many disciplines interested in human thinking, feeling, and behavior, such as economics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, or sociology. Interestingly, while these disciplines all investigate value, they use different definitions and focus on different aspects of the phenomenon. The Handbook of Value combines the forces of the many disciplines involved in value research, by integrating the perspectives of distinguished scholars from the different disciplines.
To allow for a high degree of interdisciplinarity, the editors assembled a panel of eminent associate editors representing the different disciplines: Professor Ernst Fehr (economics), Professor Patrik Vuilleumier (neuroscience), Professor Julien Deonna (philosophy) and Professor Fabrice Clement (sociology). Contributions cover conceptual issues such as definitions of value, psychological and neurological mechanisms underlying value computation and representation, types and taxonomies of value, interindividual and intercultural value differences, the role of value in emotion, moral judgment, decision-making and behavior, as well as "case studies" of individual varieties of value. The volume contributes to an interdisciplinary dialogue and integration by providing a common reference point that will serve as a resource for disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. At the same time, the volume provides an excellent overview of the academic state of the art for more practically oriented readers, for example from a business background, who want to understand the determinants of value.
Table of Contents
What is value? Where does it come from?
1: Christine Tappolet (University of Montreal) and Mauro Rossi (University of Quebec in Montreal): What is value? Where does it come from? A philosophical perspective
2: Toni Ronnow-Rasmussen (Lund University) and Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund University & London School of Economics): Value taxonomy
3: E. Tory Higgins (Columbia University): What is value? Where does it come from? A psychological perspective
4: Shalom Schwartz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Higher School of Economics): Basic individual values: Sources and consequences
5: Dino Levy (Tel Aviv University) and Paul Glimcher (New York University): Common value representation - A neuroeconomic perspective
6: Jorge Moll (Institute for Research and Education, Rio de Janeiro), Roland Zahn (King's College London), and Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza (Institute for Research and Education, Rio de Janeiro): The neural underpinnings of moral value
7: Diana Boer (University of Koblenz-Landau) and Klaus Boehnke (Jacobs University Bremen): What are values? Where do they come from? A developmental perspective
Values, emotions, and decision-making
8: Julien Deonna (University of Geneva) and Fabrice Teroni (University of Geneva): Value and emotion
9: Christian von Scheve (Freie Universität Berlin): Societal origins of values and evaluative feelings
10: Peter Sokol-Hessner (New York University) and Elizabeth A. Phelps (New York University): Affect, decision-making and value: Neural and psychological mechanisms
11: Rajna Gibson (University of Geneva), Carmen Tanner (Zeppelin University & University of Zurich) and Alexander F. Wagner (University of Zurich): Protected values and economic decision making
12: Gabriella Jiga-Boy (Swansea University), Greg Maio (Cardiff University), Geoff Haddock (Cardiff University) and Katy Tapper (City University London): Values and behaviour
Varieties of value
13: Dan-Mikael Ellingsen (Harvard Medical School) and Morten Kringelbach (Oxford University): Hedonic value
14: Raffaele Rodogno (Aarhus University): Prudential value or well-being
15: Jerold Levinson (University of Maryland): Musical Value
16: Thomas Dietz (Michigan State University): Environmental value
17: John Jost (New York University), Elvira Basevich (New York University), Eric S. Dickson (New York University) and Sharareh Noorbaloochi (New York University): The place of values in a world of politics: Personality, motivation, and ideology
18: Adam Pelser (United States Air Force Academy) and Robert C. Roberts (Baylor University): Religious value and moral psychology
19: Tobias Brosch and David Sander: From values to valuation: An interdisciplinary approach to the study of value
About the Editors
Tobias Brosch, born in 1978, studied psychology at the Universities of Trier (Germany) and Canterbury (UK), and received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). After several years of postdoctoral studies at New York University (USA) he returned to the Department of Psychology at the University of Geneva, where he is now Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab. His main research and teaching activities concern the influence of values and emotions on decision-making, and how these can be leveraged to promote sustainable behavior.
David Sander, born in 1976, studied mathematics and psychology at the University Rene Descartes (Paris, France), and received a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from the University Louis Lumiere (Lyon, France). In 2002, he joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), where he is now Full Professor and holds the Chair for Emotion Psychology. His main research and teaching activities concern the mechanisms involved in emotion elicitation and how these mechanisms modulate attention, memory, and decision-making. For this work, he is the recipient of the 2013 National Latsis Prize. David Sander is the Director of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences.
Professor Julien Deonna, Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva
Professor Fabrice Clement, Center of Cognitive Sciences, University of Neuchâtel
Professor Ernst Fehr, Department of Economics, University of Zurich
Professor Patrik Vuilleumier, Department of Neurosciences, University of Geneva