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Philosophy Forum: Eric Schwitzgebel

Eric Schwitzgebel, professor of philosophy, University of California, Riverside, will speak on "Aiming for Moral Mediocrity."

Most people aim to be about as morally good as their peers—not especially better, not especially worse. We do not aim to be good, or non-bad, or to act permissibly rather than impermissibly, by fixed moral standards. Rather, we notice the typical behavior of our peers, then calibrate toward so-so. This is a somewhat bad way to be, but it’s not a terribly bad way to be. We are somewhat morally criticizable for having low moral ambitions. Typical arguments defending the moral acceptability of low moral ambitions—the So-What-If-I’m-Not-a-Saint Excuse, the Fairness Objection, the Happy Coincidence Defense, and the claim that you’re already in The-Most-You-Can-Do Sweet Spot—do not survive critical scrutiny.

Wednesday, November 20 at 5:00pm

Tribble Hall, B316
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Speakers, Lectures

Departments

Academics, Philosophy

Website

https://philosophy.wfu.edu/talks/

Cost

Open to the public

Contact name

Donna Simmons

Contact email

simmonde@wfu.edu

Contact phone number

336-758-5359

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