David Wong Visits March 11th

David Wong, Susan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, will visit on March 11th as part of our 2015-2016 colloquium series. This lecture will take place at 2:30pm in Dale Hall Tower Rm. 607. Here are the title and abstract for his presentation:

Title: "Relativism and Ambivalence between Relationship and Autonomy”

Abstract: Disagreement over moral values have long been a ground for argument as to whether there is a single true morality. Philosophers have arrived at opposite conclusions based on their analysis of the nature of moral disagreement. With very few exceptions, they have drawn their conclusions about the nature of disagreement in a largely a priori and exceedingly abstract manner This talk is a plea for more concrete consideration of the way that values are instantiated within moral traditions such as Confucianism. I will examine in particular the implications of a Confucian ethic, as it appears in classical Confucian philosophers, for conflicts between the moral values of relationship and autonomy. I will criticize a certain stereotype of ethics that apparently value relationship and community over individual autonomy, e.g., that the individual is subordinated to the group. I will argue that a more careful consideration of how relationship is valued and the way the individual is conceived in relationship to the group can produced a warranted response of “moral ambivalence:” a weakening of confidence that there is a single correct way to resolve conflicts between all major moral values.

Special thanks to the College of Arts and Sciences for their financial support for this event.

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