Seminars

Master LCAM Seminar. Research Master on Language, Cognition, Action and Mind Studies

Friday, May 23, 2008, 11:30 am,

Nomy Arpaly (Department of Philosophy, Brown University)
What's Wrong With Thinking You Are Better Than The Rest Of Us

Abstract

It is generally a good assumption in ethics that people can only be morally criticized for things that are voluntary. Still, we criticize people for having some beliefs (say, racist ones)  or even praise them for having some (modesty, for example). Without denying that beliefs are involuntary, I would like to explain how they can still be vicious or virtuous.