Feb 19

On Owing, To Another, Nearly Nothing - Guest lecturer Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason, Brown University, will give a public lecture on what do we owe our moral adversaries? Pizza served!

Friday, February 19th, 2016
4:30 – 5:30 pm / Leighton 304
Michelle Mason, Brown University

Some people act immorally in ways targeted at us. More specifically, some people violate what philosophers call bipolar obligations to us. I call these people one’s moral adversaries. The question I investigate in this talk is: What, if anything, do we owe to our moral adversaries? Do we retain, that is, bipolar obligations to them? Some philosophers, T.M. Scanlon among them, maintain that certain unconditional obligations are such that they are owed to all, including those I call our moral adversaries. I deny this. Although I conclude that we do not owe even unconditional obligations to our moral adversaries, however, it does not follow that we are thereby free of all obligations concerning their treatment.

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