Bioethics Colloquium with Adam Etinson
Friday, October 6, 2017; 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
715-719 Broadway, Room 1221
New York, NY, 10003

Lunch will be served.

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On Falling Short
Many of us should do more for others – that is, more than we currently do. And we know this; we know that we are morally imperfect. At the same time, this knowledge often fails to provoke any significant change in our behavior. Somehow, we find ways of tolerating, accepting, or “making peace” with our own moral guilt or imperfection. How do we accomplish this? And is there anything that can be said in favor of such acceptance? Is it ever right, in other words, to accept our own moral badness? Or is that an inherently irrational, and potentially even dangerous, idea? This presentation argues that some insight into these questions can be gained by focusing on the distinction between the reactive attitudes of (i) blame and (ii) condemnation.

Adam Etinson is a Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. He works on a range of topics in moral and political philosophy. Much of his recent research is in the philosophy of human rights, but he also works on topics in social epistemology (such as the problem of ethnocentrism) and is interested in the historical and theoretical foundations of liberalism. He recently became the Assistant Director of CEPPA - the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews.

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