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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 4 HT10

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 4 HT10
Start Date 1st Nov 2010 4:30pm
End Date 1st Nov 2010 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Raimond Gaita (King's College, London)

"Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline" to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


I'll give a paper with the title "Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline". Bernard Williams wrote an essay with the same title. It is also the title of the book in which his essay is published. Much of what I say discusses matters explicitly or implicitly raised in that essay and in "What Might Philosophy Become", an essay he did not publish, but which was published posthumously in the same book. With reference to moral and to some extent political philosophy it explores whether philosophers should be answerable for the moral positions they advocate or ask indeed require - their students to take seriously. My main example is the relatively recent discussion about whether torture should be morally (and legally) permitted in certain circumstances. I also discuss what kind of concepts we need to characterise what it is to do moral philosophy intellectually and morally seriously what concepts we need to give an adequate account of sobriety, for example. I then explore the consequences of some of the conclusions I draw for moral philosophy as an academic discipline in a liberal university.

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