Is Disagreement a Problem for Morality?

Sunday, September 17, 2017
1:00 PM
AUC New Cairo
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Robin Weiss
Office of the Dean of HUSS

Join us Sunday for a talk by Patrick Hassan on the subject of moral disagreement:


Many people think that moral judgments - such as 'stealing is wrong' - express beliefs which can be true or false.

 Moreover, that some moral judgments are true, and that their truth is 'objective'. One traditional challenge to this view in moral philosophy has been how compatible it is with the fact of widespread moral disagreement. Why is it that there is fierce debate about, for example, the moral status of animals, foetuses, or the environment; the permissibility of capital punishment; monogamy; and so forth, if there are objectively correct answers to such questions? Is it because at least one party is mistaken or ignorant of some relevant facts? Or is the best explanation that there really are no objective moral properties, and moral judgments just reflect different ways of life? This talk will introduce this historically prominent objection, and explore its significance.

The event will take place at Tim Sullivan Lounge, Prince Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Room 1058

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