This talk concerns a philosophical genus I call normative accomplishment, or simply accomplishment. It is a genus many philosophers seem to recognize, at last implicitly, but that in my view has been afforded insufficient explicit attention. I argue that paying it more explicit attention not only teaches us about the genus itself, but perhaps more importantly facilitates dialectical progress in various species-specific debates. I focus here on (what I argue are) two of the most philosophically important species of accomplishment: propositional knowledge and morally worthy action.
Convener: Ed Lamb
Members of the audience are invited to join the speaker and the convener for drinks and dinner at a local restaurant following the talk (at their own expense). There will be some limit on the number of people who can attend. Please RSVP to Ed Lamb to reserve a place. Please note that we will no longer be going to dinner afterwards at Somerville College to continue questioning the speaker. In future terms the time of the seminar may be brought forward to 15.00 - 17.00, which would make it possible for all to go to pre-dinner drinks. Please let Ed Lamb know if this change of time would make you more or less likely to attend.