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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 8 HT12

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 8 HT12
Start Date 5th Mar 2012 4:30pm
End Date 5th Mar 2012 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Talk by Roger Teichmann (Oxford) 'The Importance of the Pastí to be held in the Lecture Room at the Philosophy Centre, 10 Merton Street.


A bias against the past is a feature of our Zeitgeist, and has a number of manifestations. One of these is the dominant model of rational agency as geared towards producing effects or outcomes, a model which cannot make sense of the cogency of backward-looking reasons for action. I discuss the nature of such reasons, and the way of perceiving and understanding the past which goes with them. This mode of understanding the past is one of the things that gives substance to the idea that the past has a reality lacked by the future, a reality which among other things makes the past a possible object of contemplation (as in the study of history). Such contemplation is a crucial component of eudaimonia.

All philosophers are welcome to attend, and also to join the speaker for drinks after the talk, and later for dinner.

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