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1.  Do Ethicists and Political Philosophers Vote More Often Than Other Professors? 
If philosophical moral reflection improves moral behavior, one might expect ethics professors to behave morally better than socially similar non-ethicists. Under the assumption that forms of political engagement such as voting have moral worth, we looked at the rate at which a sample of professional ethicists—and political philosophers as a subgroup of ethicists—voted in eight years’ worth of elections. We compared ethicists’ and political philosophers’ voting rates with the voting rates of three other groups: philosophers not specializing in ethics, political scientists, and a comparison group of professors specializing in neither philosophy nor political science. All groups voted at about the same rate, except for the political scientists, who voted about 10–15% more often. On the face of it, this finding conflicts with the expectation that ethicists will behave more responsibly than non-ethicists.
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The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s13164-009-0011-6) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
PMCID: PMC3339026  PMID: 22558060
Philosophy; Philosophy of Science; Developmental Psychology; Neuropsychology; Epistemology; Cognitive Psychology; Philosophy of Mind

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