Sokratisk aften: Let's Be Practical: Metaethics and Moral Language

Foredragsholder: Caj Strandberg, førsteamansuensis i filosofi ved IFIKK (CSMN), UiO

Tittel: Let's Be Practical: Metaethics and Moral Language

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Foredragsholder: Caj Strandberg, førsteamansuensis i filosofi ved IFIKK (CSMN), UiO

TITTEL: Let’s Be Practical: Metaethics and Moral Language
ABSTRACT: Metaethics attempts to describe the phenomenon of morality from a variety of philosophical perspectives: semantics, ontology, and epistemology. One of the main issues in metaethics is whether moral sentences, such as “It’s wrong to eat meat”, can be true or false. Cognitivists – who hold the view that moral sentences express beliefs – think that they can, whereas expressivists – who hold the view that moral sentences express attitudes or emotions – think that they can’t. The main argument against cognitivism and for expressivism is that moral language is practical: when we use moral language – for example, when we utter “It’s wrong to eat meat” – we have certain attitudes or emotions. In this talk, I argue that cognitivism actually can explain the practicality of moral language.

The lecture will be held in English. Coffee and baked goods will be served, but you may also bring your own (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) beverages. Everyone's invited -- we look forward to seeing you there!

Publisert 20. sep. 2016 16:47 - Sist endret 13. feb. 2017 16:29