Ontology and Ethics

 

Programme

10.00-11.00

Travis Timmerman (Seton Hall):
‘Are Epicureans and Deprivationists Involved In A Mere Verbal Dispute?’

Commentator: Karl Ekendahl (Uppsala)

11.00-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.15

Julia Mosquera (IFS):
‘The Ethics of Transformative Choices’

Commentator: Erik Carlson (Uppsala)

12.15-13.40 Lunch
13.40-14.40

Jonathan Shaheen (Uppsala):
‘Explanatory Pluralism and Philosophy of Language: Explications and Concepts

Commentator: Jonathan Egeland Harouny (Stockholm)

14.45-15.45

Per Algander (Uppsala):
‘Asymmetry and Non-identity’

Commentator: Katharina Berndt Rasmussen (IFS)

15.45-16.00 Coffee
16.00-17.00

Åsa Burman (Stockholm):
‘The Ontology of Human Rights’

Commentator: Simon Rosenqvist (Uppsala)

 

Papers

Travis Timmerman
‘Are Epicureans and Deprivationists Involved In A Mere Verbal Dispute?’

Abstract: Perhaps death’s badness is an illusion. Epicureans think so and argue that agents cannot be harmed by death when they're alive (because death hasn’t happened yet) nor when they're dead (because they do not exist by the time death comes). I argue that each version of Epicureanism faces a fatal dilemma: it is either committed to a demonstrably false view about the relationship between prudential reasons and well-being or it is involved in a mere verbal dispute with deprivationism. I first provide principled reason to think that any viable view about the badness of death must allow that agents have prudential reason to avoid (or seek) death if doing so would increase their total well-being. I then show that Epicurean views which do not preserve this link are subject to reductio arguments and so should be rejected. After that, I show that the Epicurean views which accommodate this desideratum are involved in a mere verbal dispute with deprivationism.

 Timmerman (356 Kb)

 

Julia Mosquera
‘The Ethics of Transformative Choices’

 Mosquera (59 Kb)

 

Jonathan Shaheen
‘Explanatory Pluralism and Philosophy of Language: Explications and Concepts’

 Shaheen (215 Kb)

 

Per Algander
‘Asymmetry and Non-identity’

 Algander (247 Kb)

 

Åsa Burman
‘The Ontology of Human Rights’

 Åsa (235 Kb)

 

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