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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 3 HT13

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 3 HT13
Start Date 28th Jan 2013 4:30pm
End Date 28th Jan 2013 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Speaker: Paulina Sliwa (Cambridge)

Title: Moral Worth and Moral Knowledge

Venue: Lecture Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG

Abstract: Accounts of moral worth try to tell us what makes for morally good actions Ė actions that donít just conform to the moral requirements but that are the result of good motivations. My aim is to develop and defend a neglected proposal: the Knowledge Account. According to the Knowledge Account an action has moral worth if and only if the agent is motivated by a concern for doing whatís right and by knowledge of what the right thing is. I first show that the account is well-motivated: it makes moral praise continuous with nonmoral praise and clarifies how and why morally worthy actions arenít just accidentally right. I then defend it against the central objections: that it makes moral worth implausibly easy (and hence cannot be a sufficient condition) and that it makes moral worth implausibly hard (and hence cannot give us necessary conditions). Finally, I draw out some implications of the Knowledge Account for moral testimony and acting on right reasons.

Webpage: Seminars in Moral Philosophy

Convenors: Dr Edward Harcourt and Dr Guy Kahane

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