Agnes Callard on "Valuing and Emotion"

We are very pleased to announce that Agnes Callard, associate professor in philosophy at the University of Chicago, will deliver the first talk for Filosofisk seminar this semester. The seminar is open for everyone, and will be followed by an informal reception.

Agnes Callard (Photo: University of Chicago).


What is it to value something? One might think that valuing is a form of believing—for instance, believing that the object of value is good or worthy. Alternatively, one might identify valuing with desiring—for instance, desiring to protect, promote, or engage with the object of value. A third possibility is that valuing is an emotional condition—a disposition to experience a range of emotions based on how things are with the object of value. According to the recently popular hybrid theory of valuing (Kolodny 2003, Scheffler 2010, Wallace 2013, Callard 2018), (i) valuing cannot be reduced to believing, or to desiring, or to feeling, but (ii) it can be reduced to believing, desiring andfeeling, taken together. I argue that hybrid theorists are correct with respect to the first point but incorrect with respect to the second. In this talk, I raise three problems for the hybrid theory, and use them to articulate some desiderata for a theory of valuing.

About Agnes Callard

Agnes Gellen Callard is an Associate Professor in Philosophy. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1997 and her PhD from Berkeley in 2008. Her primary areas of specialization are Ancient Philosophy and Ethics. She is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies. 

Her newly published book, Aspiration (OUP 2018), addresses a new form of agency: the agency of becoming. It locates standing assumptions in the theory of rationality, moral psychology and autonomy that preclude the possibility of working to acquire new values. It also explains what changes need to be made if we are to make room for this form of agency, which I call aspiration.

About the seminar series

Philosophical Seminar is a philosophy colloquium series, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at UiO. The departmental colloquium has previously hosted renowned philosophers such as Charles Taylor, Peter Railton, Galen Strawson, Julia Annas, Martin Kusch, Stephen Darwall, John Sallis and Samuel Wheeler III.

The colloquia are open to everyone and followed by an open and informal reception on the third floor in the same building. Students are especially encouraged to attend, and all participants are invited to the reception afterwards.

Published Aug. 4, 2018 2:51 PM - Last modified Sep. 5, 2018 2:59 PM