Two-Day Con­fer­ence on “Moral Sen­ti­men­tal­ism and the Foun­da­tions of Moral­i­ty


Fri­day, Novem­ber 14 and Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 15, 2014


Col­lege of the Holy Cross, Worces­ter, MA


Speak­ers (in alpha­bet­i­cal order):


Simon Black­burn (UNC Chapel Hill);  Justin D’Arms (Ohio State); Remy Debes (Mem­phis); Sabine Döring (Tübin­gen); Michael Fraz­er (Har­vard); Daniel Jacob­son (UMichi­gan); Antti Kaup­pinen (Trin­i­ty Col­lege,  Dublin); Michelle Mason (Min­neso­ta); Diana Tiet­jen Mey­ers (UConn); Jesse Prinz (CUNY); Peter Rail­ton (UMichi­gan); Karl Schafer (Pitts­burgh); Karsten Stue­ber (Holy Cross); David Wong (Duke)


Descrip­tion: In recent years there has been a tremen­dous resur­gence of philo­soph­i­cal inter­est in moral sen­ti­men­tal­ism, an eth­i­cal and meta-eth­i­cal tra­di­tion first artic­u­lat­ed in the con­text of the Scot­tish Enlight­en­ment and par­tic­u­lar­ly asso­ci­at­ed with David Hume and Adam Smith. This renewed inter­est in moral sen­ti­men­tal­ism is best under­stood as being due to the con­ver­gence of a vig­or­ous philo­soph­i­cal debate about the nature of and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research into the psy­cho­log­i­cal mech­a­nisms under­ly­ing our capac­i­ty for moral judg­ment and moral agency. The speak­ers will high­light both the promis­es and poten­tial pit­falls of moral sen­ti­men­tal­ism and sug­gest ways of think­ing through its prob­lems.