Moral Philosophy Seminar (Monday - Week 8, TT21)

Moral Philosophy Seminar

According to some philosophers, there are moral dilemmas: situations where, no matter how an agent chooses to act, her action will be morally wrong.⁠ According to some philosophers, there is moral outcome luck: how blameworthy an agent was for performing an action can depend on features of the action – namely how it turned out – that were at least partly beyond the agent’s control. In this paper, I investigate the features that make a moral view admit of moral dilemmas on the one hand, and moral luck, on the other. My conclusion is that there is a connection between these seemingly disparate normative phenomena. I argue that there is a structural property of moral views, what I call “parochial evaluation”, which explains both why a moral view admits of moral luck and why it admits of moral dilemmas. This, in turn, allows me to offer a novel argument against the view that there are genuine moral dilemmas and to defang the problem of moral outcome luck.

The Seminar is going to be held via Microsoft teams. Please email one of the convenors below if you would like to attend.


Moral Philosophy Seminar Convenors: Ed Lamb and Jeremy Fix