Thursday, September 28, 2017
Department of Philosophy
Presents: Jason Bridges
Philosophy Department, The University of Chicago
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 5:00pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather Hall Room 115)
The title of his talk is
"Comparison and Practical Reason"
It is very widely assumed that practical rationality is comparative: that what it is rational for an agent to do is a function of how the merits of the options available to her compare. This assumption is everywhere in contemporary practical philosophy, operating in the background of discussions of a range of topics in action theory and meta-ethics. But it is mistaken. Indeed, it is inconsistent with very basic features of the structure of agency. Comparison is not the ground of practical rationality, and will not make progress toward a satisfying philosophy of action until we can see clearly that, and why, this is so.
Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund.
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