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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 4 HT13

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

Speaker: Mark Schroeder (USC)

Title: The Price of Supervenience

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

Abstract: This talk explores the relationship between two important ideas. The first is the explanatory argument from moral supervenience against nonreductive moral realism, which argues that reductionism is needed to, or offers the best hope to, explain necessary connections between the moral and the non-moral like those entailed by supervenience theses. The second is Richard Price's idea, in A Review of the Principal Questions in Morals, that moral facts, like mathematical facts, are necessary. I'll introduce the explanatory argument, show why Price's idea, if it were correct, might help rebut at least one important form of this argument, and explore which commitments of Price's view are necessary to make this work. Finally, I'll close by considering whether this is sufficient progress for us to stop worrying about the explanatory argument from supervenience.

Webpage: Seminars in Moral Philosophy

Convenors: Dr Edward Harcourt and Dr Guy Kahane

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