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JMP Discussion of Helena de Bres’ “Narrative and Meaning in Life”

Welcome to what should be a fun and insightful discussion of Helena de Bres“Narrative and Meaning in Life” (generously made free access by Brill Online and the Journal of Moral Philosophy for the month of November). Antti Kauppinen has kindly contributed a critical précis, which appears immediately below. Please join the discussion!

Critical Précis to Helena de Bres’ “Narrative and Meaning in Life”

By Antti Kauppinen

In her excellent paper ‘Narrative and Meaning in Life’, Helena de Bres offers a new account of why and how narrative structure contributes to the meaningfulness of a life. In the course of doing so, she makes some very helpful distinctions, which I’ll urge everyone to adopt, though, in a plot twist, I’ll also raise some worries about her recountist alternative to relationist views like mine.

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Carol Lee Price Scholarships for Women

Carol Lee Price Scholarships: funding in Montreal for female international students of philosophy.

The Scholarships are specifically intended to attract and support women pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at Concordia University, Montreal. They are restricted to students who would otherwise have to pay international fees. Each scholarship is worth $32,450 CAD; up to three may be awarded each year (with a maximum of two in each category). See here(more…)

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Featured Philosopher: Errol Lord

Very pleased to be able to introduce today’s Featured Philosopher, Errol Lord. Take it away Errol:

The following is based on joint work with Kurt Sylvan (see our paper ‘Reasons: Wrong, Right, Normative, Fundamental’, which is forthcoming in Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy. I wrote this, though, so all mistakes belong to me.

There are few substantive claims about normative reasons that everyone can get on board with. Here is one candidate: there is a correlation between certain normative properties and the existence of certain normative reasons. So, for example, whenever someone is admirable, there are normative reasons to admire that person. Whenever something is desirable, there are normative reasons to desire it. The list could go on. To be clear, this is not to say (yet) that we can analyze admirability or desirability in terms of normative reasons. This just posits a correlation.

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Featured Philosopher: Errol Lord (Thurs, Nov. 8)

Don’t change that dial. We will have a discussion with Errol Lord on Thurs, Nov. 8th.

The remaining Featured Philosophers Schedule looks like this:

November 14: Julia Markovits

Dec 12: Alex Guerrero

January 28: Jonathan Quong

Feb 11: Heidi Maibom

Feb 18: Ellie Mason

Feb 25: Japa Pallikkathayil

March 7: Valerie Tiberius

March 20: Julia Driver

April 8: Hille Paakkunainen

April 22: Stephanie Leary

May 1: Luvell Anderson

May 13: Nate Sharadin

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Arizona WiNE Menu is In!

The Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics (WiNE) is holding its 10th meeting in Tucson, January 3-5, 2019. The program is here.

Registration to attend is free and open to all. You may register to attend here. Mark Timmons, conference organizer, will send periodic updates to those who register.

Information about the Westward Look resort (where the workshop will be held) and about travel and accommodations is available on the workshop website.

 

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Preston Werner: “Ambitious Moral Perceptualism and Moral Knowledge from the Armchair”

This is the first in our new series of featured philosophers. Many more to come. For the schedule look here.

Ambitious Moral Perceptualism and Moral Knowledge from the Armchair

by Preston Werner

For a few years, I’ve been defending the view that all moral justification (realistically construed) bottoms out in the perceptual experience of moral properties.

There are many discussed objections to what I call the Ambitious Perceptualist view. Here, I want to think through some half-baked ideas about the relationship between Perceptualism and the role of thought experiments in moral deliberation and normative theorizing.

We (justifiably) use thought experiments in normative theorizing. But, the thought goes, this is not so for other domains whose epistemologies bottom out in perception. As Michael Milona (2018) puts it:

“[W]ith [empirical inquiry], we rely on actual experiments, evaluative inquiry only seems to require thought experiments…A theory which denies the possibility of evaluative knowledge by mere reflection is going to be highly revisionary; and many would rightly count such a commitment as a serious strike against the theory.” (more…)

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Upcoming JMP Discussion (Nov. 10-11) on Helena de Bres’ “Narrative and Meaning in Life”

We are excited to announce the next Journal of Moral Philosophy discussion here at PEA Soup. It will take place on November 10th and 11th (Saturday and Sunday). This time, the sure to be insightful and productive discussion will be on Helena de Bres‘ “Narrative and Meaning in Life” (generously made open access by Brill Online and the Journal of Moral Philosophy), with a critical précis by Antti Kauppinen. Come join the fun! The article is now open access and will be during the month of November.

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