Monday, September 11, 2017
Mount Holyoke College
Department of Philosophy
Presents: Professor Philip J. Ivanhoe
City University of Hong Kong
Monday, September 11, 2017, 4:30pm in 216 Skinner Hall
The title of the talk is
This essay is part of my next big project, which will concern pluralism, relativism, tolerance, and cosmopolitanism. I argue that there are different possible ways to respond to the fact of ethical pluralism and that the best response is to see such irreducible pluralism as a positive good (as opposed to something to bemoan or simply something we have to live with). This leads me to argue against widely accepted liberal conceptions of tolerance (I think it ok as a fallback but bad as an ideal) and cosmopolitanism (I think views like Martha Nussbaum's which focus on rational agency and personhood while not without merit fall far short of what a decent person should aim for and are inconsistent with her own laudable views about multi-cultural education).
Gail Caldwell Stine Lecture
Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College
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