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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 6 MT10

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 6 MT10
Start Date 15th Nov 2010 4:30pm
End Date 15th Nov 2010 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

R. Jay Wallace (Berkeley) 'The Bourgeois Predicament' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage

ABSTRACT: The paper considers a potential obstacle to our aspiration to live lives that are worthy of retrospective affirmation. I argue, specifically, that the projects and activities that give most of us compelling reasons to affirm our lives presuppose social and economic disparities that we cannot possibly endorse (not at any rate if we are reasonable and thoughtful). The result is to undermine the rational basis of the affirmative attitude we take toward our lives, and to frustrate our concern to live in ways that are worthy of that kind of attitude. The paper explores the nature and consequences of this “bourgeois predicament”; it also considers some possible responses to it, and argues that they fail.

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