Philosophy explores central aspects of the human condition, of our world and of our relation to that world.

Eleventh Annual ALP Lecture with Susan Wolf to speak on "Aesthetic Responsibility"

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:00 p.m., Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall 
Susan Wolf ,
(Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
will present the Eleventh Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy (ALP)


The title of  the Eleventh Annual ALP Lecture is:

"Aesthetic Responsibility"



Philosophers often suggest that the fact that we are morally responsible is an important mark of our distinctive humanity.  But people are responsible for much more than the moral qualities of their actions.  Artists, for example, are typically aesthetically responsible for the qualities of their artistic creations. The talk will discuss similarities and differences between aesthetic and moral responsibility and speculate on what a consideration of aesthetic responsibility tells us about both responsibility and humanity.

Reception will follow


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The Department of Philosophy at Amherst welcomes all students, from those who would like to sample a course or two, to those who would like to major in the discipline and perhaps even study the subject in graduate school.