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Tom Parr (Essex)

Sat, 2017-04-22 21:42
Date and time:  Mon, 14/08/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Preston Greene (NTU Singapore)

Sat, 2017-04-22 19:19
Date and time:  Mon, 07/08/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (UNC)

Sat, 2017-04-22 19:17
Date and time:  Mon, 31/07/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Marc Fleurbaey (Princeton)

Sat, 2017-04-22 19:15
Date and time:  Mon, 24/07/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Julia Driver (WUSTL)

Sat, 2017-04-22 19:12
Date and time:  Mon, 17/07/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

David Sobel (Syracuse)

Sat, 2017-04-22 19:09
Date and time:  Mon, 19/06/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Roger Crisp (Oxford): Moral Luck and Equality of Moral Opportunity

Mon, 2017-04-17 19:41
Date and time:  Thu, 20/04/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30 Thursday Seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

This paper concerns what has come to be called ‘moral luck’. It begins with Adam Smith’s account of the problem, and then moves to the problem’s scope. It is argued that some of our sentiments in such cases may have their origin in views about moral pollution we no longer accept, and that this may provide an argument in favour of a volitionalist ethics. The paper closes with some discussion of the implications of and problems for such an ethics.

Daphne Brandenburg (Radboud University Nijmegen): Inadequate Agency and Appropriate Anger

Thu, 2017-04-13 12:55
Date and time:  Tue, 18/04/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30 Philsoc seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

It is topical in moral psychology to equate the abilities required for being deserving of blame with the abilities required for being an appropriate addressee of the reactive attitudes. The most influential account of these abilities is reason responsiveness (McGeer & Pettit, 2015; McKenna, 2012; Shoemaker, 2015; Wallace, 1996; Watson 1993).

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Tuomas E. Tahko (University of Helsinki): Where Do You Get Your Protein? Or: Biochemical Realization

Mon, 2017-04-10 11:48
Date and time:  Thu, 13/04/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30 Thursday Seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Biochemical kinds such as proteins pose interesting problems for philosophers of science. They can be studied both from the point of view of biology and chemistry, but these different perspectives may result in different classificatory practices. I will examine the tension that such classificatory differences produce. The reducibility of the biological functions of biochemical kinds to the chemical structures that realize these functions is a key question here. This leads us to a more general discussion of multiple realizability and realization at the biology-chemistry interface.

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Declan Smithies (OSU): Affective Experience, Reasons for Action, and Desire

Tue, 2017-04-04 20:58
Date and time:  Thu, 06/04/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30 Thursday Seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

What is the role of affective experience in explaining how desires provide us with reasons for action? When we desire that p, we are disposed to feel attracted to the prospect that p, and to feel averse to the prospect that not p. In this paper, we argue that these affective experiences – feelings of attraction and aversion – provide us with reasons for action in virtue of their phenomenal character. Moreover, we argue that desires provide us with reasons for action only because they are disposed to cause the phenomenal character of affective experience.

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Kim Sterelny (ANU)

Tue, 2017-04-04 12:39
Date and time:  Mon, 29/05/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room B

Living Ethically in the 21st Century - Philosophy and Public Policy Lecture Series

Wed, 2017-03-29 08:40
Date and time:  Wed, 29/03/2017 - 18:00 - 20:00 Public lecture Special event School of Philosophy Singer image.jpg Location:  Coombs Seminar Room B Contact email:  phil.admin.cass@anu.edu.au Contact phone:  02 6125 3744 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/living-ethically-in-the-21st-century-tickets-32423834562

To live ethically in the 21st century as a citizen of an affluent country like Australia, it is not, Peter Singer contends, enough to abide by conventional moral rules which tell us not to do certain things. The world has changed, and our responsibilities have also changed accordingly. He will discuss those responsibilities in respect of global poverty, climate change, and our treatment of nonhuman animals.

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Keith Horton

Sun, 2017-03-26 00:14
Date and time:  Mon, 05/06/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room B

Serene Khader

Sun, 2017-03-26 00:13
Date and time:  Mon, 22/05/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room B

Matthew Lindauer (ANU)

Sun, 2017-03-26 00:12
Date and time:  Mon, 15/05/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room B

Luke Roelofs: Revelation, Confusion, and Panpsychism

Tue, 2017-03-14 10:11
Thursday Seminar Date and time:  Thu, 16/03/2017 - 03:30 - 05:30 Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Constitutive panpsychists face a dilemma over what is sometimes called the ‘revelation principle’, according to which being in a conscious state teaches you the nature of that conscious state. On the one hand, they rely on some version of this principle in arguing against physicalism. On the other hand, the principle seems to support a simple argument against constitutive panpsychism itself: human consciousness doesn’t seem introspectively like the combination of a trillion micro-consciousnesses, and given the revelation principle, if it were that, it would seem that way.

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Revelation, Confusion, and Panpsychism

Mon, 2017-03-06 13:24
Date and time:  Thu, 09/03/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30 Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Constitutive panpsychists face a dilemma over what is sometimes called the ‘revelation principle’, according to which being in a conscious state teaches you the nature of that conscious state. On the one hand, they rely on some version of this principle in arguing against physicalism. On the other hand, the principle seems to support a simple argument against constitutive panpsychism itself: human consciousness doesn’t seem introspectively like the combination of a trillion micro-consciousnesses, and given the revelation principle, if it were that, it would seem that way.

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Catherine Waldby (ANU)

Tue, 2017-02-28 13:52
Date and time:  Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Alex Bellamy (UQ)

Tue, 2017-02-28 13:51
Date and time:  Mon, 24/04/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Jensen Sass (UC): Ritual Deliberation: The Value of a Non-Ideal Practice

Tue, 2017-02-28 13:50
Date and time:  Mon, 10/04/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Deliberation based on the exchange of arguments and reasons is standardly regarded as a rational process par excellence, one that invites actors to reflect on and revise their beliefs, preferences, and perhaps even values. Yet in political deliberation actors routinely talk past one another. They argue to score points or to rationalize their existing beliefs. In consequence, they seldom learn from their interactions, change their minds, or update their view of the world.

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