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A public lecture with Akeel Bilgrami and Laurent Jaffro on Are Moral Reasons Response - Dependent?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 4:10pm - 5:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus 716 Philosophy Hall
The analogy between colors and values, drawn by Hume in a subjectivist manner, has been applied in the opposite direction by moral realists who claim that 'desirability' is a quality to which agents are sensible under ideal conditions. The paper sets out objections to Michael Smith's view that moral reasons are response-dependent and that they constitute the kind of reasons which would motivate ideal agents.

Laurent Jaffro is the Director of the Department of Philosophy and a Professor of Moral Philosophy at the Panthon-Sorbonne University, where he is also a member of the Philosophies contemporaines research center. His main areas of research are moral theory and history of moral philosophy, skepticism and common sense, and history of British philosophy.
For more information, please visit http://www.jaffro.net/

Akeel Bilgrami will act as a discussant.

Co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department Colloquium Series at Columbia University.