photo of Hagop SarkissianHagop Sarkissian
Associate Professor & Chair

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Hagop Sarkissian's research is in ethical theory, broadly construed. He is a methodological pluralist, and uses resources from other relevant disciplines to inform his philosophical endeavors, such as biology, game theory, and psychology. He also works in comparative Chinese-Western philosophy and on problems in the history of Chinese philosophy, especially the classical period (ca. 6th to 2nd century BCE).  He has also published articles using the methods of experimental philosophy.

Before joining the faculty at Baruch, he completed an M.A thesis in Chinese intellectual history in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto, and later a Ph.D. in the Department of Philosophy at Duke University, where his supervisors were Owen Flanagan and David Wong.

Select Publications

Sarkissian, H and Phelan, M. 2019. “Moral objectivism and a punishing God.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 80:1-7

Sarkissian, H. 2018. “Neo-Confucianism, experimental philosophy, and the trouble with intuitive methods.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26.5:812-828

De Freitas, J., Sarkissian, H., Newman, G.E., Grossmann, I., De Brigard, F., Luco, A., and Knobe, J. 2018. “Consistent belief in a good true self in misanthropes and three interdependent cultures.” Cognitive Science (S1):134-160

Sarkissian, H. 2017. “Folk platitudes as the explananda of philosophical metaethics: Are they accurate? And do they help or hinder inquiry?” Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research 34:565-575

Sarkissian, H. 2017. “Situationism, manipulation, and objective self-awareness.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 20:489–503

Sarkissian, H. 2016. “Aspects of folk morality: objectivism and relativism.” In The Blackwell Companion to Experimental Philosophy. Edited by Wesley Buckwalter and Justin Sytsma.

Sarkissian, H. 2015. “When you think it’s bad it’s worse than you think: Psychological bias and the ethics of negative character assessments”. In The Philosophical Challenge from China. Brian Bruya (Ed.). MIT Press.

Sarkissian, H. 2014. “Is self-regulation a burden or a virtue? A comparative perspective.” In The Philosophy and Psychology of Character and Happiness: An Empirical Approach to Character and Happiness. Nancy E. Snow and Franco V. Trivigno (Ed.). (pp. 181-196). Routledge Press.

Knobe, J., Buckwalter, W., Robbins, P., Sarkissian, H., Sommers, T., and Nichols, S. 2012. “Experimental philosophy.” Annual Review of Psychology 63.1:81-99

Sarkissian, H., Park, J., Tien, D., Wright, J., Knobe, J. 2011. Folk moral relativism. Mind & Language, 26(4), 482-505.

Sarkissian, H. 2010. “The darker side of Daoist primitivism” The Journal of Chinese Philosophy 37.2:312-329

Sarkissian, H. 2010. Confucius and the effortless life of virtue. History of Philosophy Quarterly 27(1), 1-16.

Sarkissian, H. 2010. Minor tweaks, major payoffs: The problems and promise of situationism in moral philosophy. Philosopher’s Imprint 10(9), 1-15.


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