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Upcoming: Two Seminars with Dr. Evans

June 4, 2014

Dr. C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University and ACU Professorial Fellow, will be giving two more seminars this June on the Foundations of Moral Obligation.

The general aim of this series of seminars will be to examine in a critical way widely-held secular accounts of the foundations of moral obligations.

Monday 16 June, 2014

Foundations of Moral Obligation: "Constructivism"

1.30-3.30pm

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne campus

Callinan Room, Level 8, 250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne

The second seminar will examine various forms of "Constructivism," which rejects Subjectivism but attempts to avoid moral realism, by seeing morality as a human construction. Two versions will be looked at: Christine Korsgaard's Kantian-inspired version and various social contract versions. I shall argue that such views do not attain genuine objectivity without covert appeals to moral realism.

Monday 23 June, 2014

Foundations of Moral Obligation: "Error Theory"

1.30-3.30pm

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne campus

Callinan Room, Level 8, 250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne

The third seminar will examine Error Theory, as exemplified by J. L. Mackie and Nietzsche. There is much to be said in favor of the clarity and honest of such a position, but I argue that in the end there are strong reasons to reject moral skepticism. Mackie and Nietzsche actually provide support for the claim that if God existed, there would be a genuine basis for moral obligations.

All are welcome. For further inquiries: jeffrey.hanson@acu.edu.au.

ACU Philosophy events: www.acu.edu.au/philosophyevents