Annemarie Kalis is assistant professor at the Ethics Institute / Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. She has a double background in psychology and philosophy, her areas of expertise are action theory, philosophy of mind, ethics and moral psychology. In 2009 she defended her dissertation on the phenomenon of akrasia, or weakness of will. Shortly thereafter she obtained a research grant from the Volkswagen Foundation to participate in an interdisciplinary project on decision-making. In 2014 she received a NWO-VENI grant for a three-year project on the metaphysics and measurement of attitudes:


Involved in the following study programme(s)

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Key publications

Kalis, A. (2011). Failures of agency. Irrational behavior and self-understanding. Lanham: Lexington Books.

All publications
  2016 - Professional publications
Kalis, A. (2016). “How could you not know?” Grenzen van begrip in Broadchurch en Making a murderer. Filosofie en Praktijk, 37 (1), (pp. 61-4).
Kalis, A. (2016). Hoe zaagt men van dik hout planken? Een essay over publieksfilosofie. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 108 (2), (pp. 225-38).
  2016 - Other output
A. Kalis (18.04.2016) Repliek op Trudy Dehue
A. Kalis (07.07.2016) Some puzzles on attitudes
A. Kalis (16.09.2016) Talk: "Is there such a thing as the psychology of moral judgement?”
A. Kalis (09.12.2016) Talk: "Self-control as a normative capacity"
A. Kalis (13.09.2016) Talk: What's the problem with implicit bias?
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Hartmann, Matthias N., Kluge, Agne, Kalis, Annemarie, Mojzisch, Andreas, Tobler, Philippe N. & Kaiser, Stefan (01.05.2015). Apathy in schizophrenia as a deficit in the generation of options for action. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124 (2), (pp. 309-318) (10 p.).
Kalis, A. (01.09.2015). Review of Being Amoral: Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity (Ed. T. Schramme). Ethical Perspectives, 22 (3), (pp. 498-501).
  2015 - Other output
A. Kalis (13.08.2015) Lecture "Pathological Attitudes"
A. Kalis (25.09.2015) Micro-lezing (20PK) at Discovery Festival, NEMO
A. Kalis (24.10.2015) Perdu - Brainwash Festival Amsterdam
A. Kalis (08.09.2015) Wat je denkt dat je denkt
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Kalis, A. & Meynen, G. (2014). Mental disorder and legal responsibility: The relevance of stages of decision-making. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Kalis, Annemarie (2014). Mentale toestanden in de psychologie. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 106 (3), (pp. 197-206).
Kalis, A. (2014). Recensie "Basisboek Ethiek" (Eds.Van Hees, Nys & Robeyns). Filosofie en Praktijk, 4.
Haüsser, Jan, Schlemmer, Alexander, Kaiser, S., Kalis, Annemarie & Mojzisch, A. (2014). The effects of caffeine on option generation and subsequent choice. Psychopharmacology, 231 (18), (pp. 3719-3727) (9 p.).
Kamphorst, B.A. & Kalis, A. (2014). Why having one’s rationality openly exploited might be considered manipulation. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, 76 (3), (pp. 579-583) (5 p.). With commentary by Daniel C. Dennett..
Kamphorst, B.A. & Kalis, A. (2014). Why option generation matters for the design of autonomous e-coaching systems. AI and Society
  2014 - Other output
A. Kalis (05.06.2014) “Compulsion in eating disorders”
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Kaiser, S, Simon, J., Kalis, A., Schweizer, TS, Tobler, P.N. & Mojzisch, A (2013). Neural correlates of option generation and subsequent choice. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience
Kalis, A. (2013). Review of "Autonomy and Mental Disorder" (Ed. L. Radoilska). Philosophy in review, 33, (pp. 222-225) (4 p.).
Kalis, A. (2013). Verslaving en zelfcontrole. In M. Schermer, G. Meynen & M. Boenink (Eds.), Komt een filosoof bij de dokter… Meppel: Boom.
Kalis, A. (2013). Verveling als beslissingsprobleem. Podium voor Bio-ethiek, 20 (2), (pp. 7-10) (4 p.).
Kalis, A., Kaiser, S & Mojzisch, A (2013). Why we should talk about option generation in decision-making research. Frontiers in Psychology, 4 (555), (pp. 1-8) (8 p.).
  2013 - Professional publications
Schaubroeck, K., Kalis, A. & Düwell, M. (2013). Niet alleen voor de geest: Perspectieven voor de geesteswetenschappen. Verslag van een workshop gehouden te Utrecht 12-14 april 2012’. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 105:1 (4), (pp. 55-58) (4 p.).
Kalis, A. (2013). Zelfbegrip en de 'Powers of ten'. Filosofie en Praktijk, 34 (3).
  2013 - Other output
A. Kalis (10.09.2013) Diagnose en karakter
A. Kalis (25.09.2013) Discovering real patterns in psychopathology
A. Kalis (22.01.2013) Irrationality as dysfunctional option generation
A. Kalis (10.01.2013) On hydraulicism and the will (commentary on Nomy Arpaly)
  2012 - Other output
A. Kalis (08.11.2012) Internal Workshop of the NWO Horizon-programme ‘What can the Humanities Contribute to our Practical Self-Understanding?’
A. Kalis (13.04.2012) Workshop 'Niet alleen voor de geest. Perspectieven voor de geesteswetenschappen'
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Kalis, A. (2011). Failures of agency. Irrational behavior and self-understanding. Lanham: Lexington Books.
Kalis, A. (2011). Falende volitionele controle en irrationaliteit. In K Schaubroeck & T Nys (Eds.), Vrijheid, noodzaak en liefde. Een kritische inleiding tot de filosofie van Harry Frankfurt (pp. 121-138) (18 p.). Kapellen: Pelckmans.
Kalis, A. & Nijsingh, N.M. (2011). Leefstijlinterventies. In M. van den Hoven & C. Kessler (Eds.), Preventie en Ethiek (pp. 75-84) (10 p.). Meppel: Boom.
Kalis, A. (2011). Wilszwakte. In D. Denys & G. Meynen (Eds.), Handboek Filosofie en Psychiatrie (pp. 229-241) (13 p.). Utrecht: De Tijdstroom.
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Kalis, A. (2010). Improving moral judgments: philosophical considerations. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 30 (2), (pp. 94-108) (15 p.).
van den Hoven, M.A. & Kalis, A. (2010). Laaghangend fruit en weidse vergezichten: waarden en ethiek in neurowetenschappen & educatie. Unknown Publisher.
  2010 - Other output
A. Kalis (27.09.2010) Frankfurt on moral luck: some worries
  2009 - Other output
A. Kalis (22.06.2009) Choosing the bad
A. Kalis (01.10.2009) Frankfurts notion of wholeheartedness
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Bolt, L.L.E., Kalis, A., Derijks, H.J. & van Delden, J.J.M. (2008). Ethical questions in the field of pharmacogenetics. EJHP Practice, 14 (1), (pp. 30-34) (5 p.).
Tobler, P.N., Kalis, A. & Kalenscher, T. (2008). The role of moral utility in decision making: An interdisciplinary view. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 8 (4), (pp. 390-401) (12 p.).
Kalis, A., Mojzisch, A, Schweizer, TS & Kaiser, S (2008). Weakness of will, akrasia and the neuropsychiatry of decision-making: an interdisciplinary perspective. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 8 (4), (pp. 390-401) (12 p.).
  2008 - Other output
A. Kalis (01.03.2008) Haidt and a hype: some thoughts about moral judgement
A. Kalis (01.06.2008) Lack of self-control: ownership or alienation?
  2007 - Other output
A. Kalis (14.06.2007) Akrasia: vrije handeling of psychopathologie?
A. Kalis (10.10.2007) The real problem of akrasia: the problem of unintelligibility
  2005 - Scholarly publications
Kalis, A., van Delden, J.J.M. & Schermer, M.H.N. (2005). Het goede leven voor dementerende verpleeghuisbewoners. Tijdschrift voor Verpleeghuisgeneeskunde, 30 (3), (pp. 4-9) (6 p.).
Kalis, A., Schermer, M.H.N. & van Delden, J.J.M. (2005). Ideals regarding a good life for nursing home residents with dementia: views of professional caregivers. Nursing Ethics, 12, (pp. 30-41) (12 p.).
  2005 - Professional publications
Schermer, M.H.N., Kalis, A. & van Delden, J.J.M. (2005). Een goed leven in het verpleeghuis? Zorgvisie en praktijk. Denkbeeld. Tijdschrift voor Psychogeriatrie, 17 (2), (pp. 2-5) (4 p.).
  2005 - Other output
A. Kalis (12.04.2005) Contingency in human behaviour and the definition of an 'act'
  2004 - Scholarly publications
Kalis, A., van Delden, J.J.M. & Schermer, M.H.N. (2004). "The good life" for demented persons living in nursing homes. International Psychogeriatrics, 16 (4), (pp. 429-439) (11 p.).
van Delden, J., Bolt, L.L.E., Kalis, A., Derijks, H.J. & Leufkens, H.G.M. (2004). Tailor-made pharmacotherapy: Future developments and ethical challenges in the field of pharmacogenomics. Bioethics, 18 (4), (pp. 303-321) (19 p.).
  2003 - Other output
A. Kalis (23.10.2003) The good life for demented persons living in Dutch nursing homes
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A role for content and mental causation in empirical psychology (NWO-VENI)
01.02.2015 to 01.02.2019
General project description 

In my VENI-project I attempt to answer a very simple but difficult question: what are attitudes? Examples of familiar types of attitudes as they are discussed in philosophy are beliefs, desires, and moral judgments. I defend a dispositional account of attitudes, according to which beliefs, desires and so on are not representations that exist ‘inside your head’, but  psychological dispositions, the ascription of which entails normative commitments. In the second part of the project I will explore what such an understanding of attitudes would mean for psychological measurement of attitudes, specifically for the science of measuring moral judgment, and what it means for our understanding of pathological attitudes.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU

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Currently dr. Annemarie Kalis teaches the following course(s):
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