The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at the Murphy Institute at Tulane University invites applications for three Visiting Research Professorships/Faculty Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year.
As one of the final outputs of the Character Project at Wake Forest University (www.thecharacterproject.com), we have produced a number of new videos featuring researchers in philosophy, theology, and psychology.
One set of videos is from our final conference in May, 2015. Speakers include Neil Levy, Valerie Tiberius, Gopal Sreenivasan, Tanya Chartrand and Korrina Duffy, William Fleeson, Dan Batson, Christian Miller, Andrea Glenn, Daryl Cameron, and Jen Wright and Thomas Nadelhoffer. See http://www.thecharacterproject.com/videos.php?y=2015
It is my pleasure to introduce our next Featured Philosopher, John Deigh. John is a Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Texas, Austin, and he is widely known for his insightful work in moral psychology, the history of philosophy, and for his valuable work as the editor of Ethics from 1997-2008. Please feel free to share your comments or questions!
I am grateful for the opportunity to share with the PEA Soup community some ideas about the history of meta-ethics in the twentieth century that I've been working out recently. These ideas are part of a larger project that began with my chapter, "Ethics in the Analytic Tradition", in the Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics (R. Crisp, ed.). That chapter gives the history of analytic ethics during roughly its first fifty years, from G. E. Moore to R. M. Hare and Stephen Toulmin. The history treats ethics as a field of philosophy many of whose movements and changes have come about as a result of movements and changes in other fields like metaphysics and the philosophy of language. For example, I explain the radical impact of Moore's Principia Ethica on Anglo-American ethics as continuous with the revolution in British philosophy that Moore and Russell ignited through their attacks at the turn of the 20th century on British Idealism. These attacks and the positive constructions to which they gave rise constituted the beginnings of the analytic movement in philosophy. The first chapter of Moore's Principia, I maintain, should therefore be read as one of the major contributions to the beginnings of this movement and not, contrary to current fashion, as a rhetorically powerful recycling of ideas from Sidgwick.
I'm excited to begin our final event in celebration of the 125th anniversary year of Ethics: a discussion with Christine Korsgaard and Tamar Schapiro. Many thanks to both Korsgaard and Schapiro for this great opportunity to talk to them.
To kick off the discussion, Schapiro and I ask some initial questions from Korsgaard in the comments section, and Korsgaard responds. Our questions are on themes from Korsgaard's "Aristotle and Kant on the Source of Value" and Schapiro's retrospective piece on it (both available open access through the links); as well as on connections to Korsgaard's more recent work.
The comments are open for more questions from you all. Please join us!
Many philosophers seem to think that – even if the notions of a belief’s being “justified” or “rational” are indeed normative notions, as is widely held to be the case – to say that a belief is “justified” is “rational” is to say something stronger than merely that the belief is permissible.
This is a mistake. It is easy to prove that if the notions of a belief’s being “justified” or “rational” are normative at all, then the permissibility of a belief is sufficient for the belief’s being justified or rational.
The goal of this conference is to get action theorists and epistemologists (especially formal epistemologists) together to think about topics related to diachronic rationality and belief. All are welcome, but attendees are expected to have read the papers beforehand. Presenters, commentators, and organizers are listed here. Register for free here.
Funded by the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, the University of Wisconsin, and a gift from Rodney J. Blackman.
I'm excited for our upcoming final event in celebration of the 125th anniversary year of Ethics: a discussion with Christine Korsgaard and Tamar Schapiro, on August 4-6.
To kick off the discussion, Schapiro and I will ask some initial questions from Korsgaard, on themes from her "Aristotle and Kant on the Source of Value" and Schapiro's retrospective piece on it; as well as on links to Korsgaard's more recent work. Korsgaard will respond, and the comment thread will be open for more questions and comments from you all.
Please join us to discuss Preston Greene & Meghan Sullivan's "Against Time Bias," published in the most recent issue of Ethics and available open access here. Caspar Hare has kindly contributed a critical précis, below the fold. It should be an exciting discussion!