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.