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Parcells Lecture, Mark Timmons (UA)

Friday, October 28, 2016
4:00pm – 6:30pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center

Speaker: Mark Timmons from the University of Arizona

Title: The Good, the Bad, and the Badass

Abstract: One objection to Kant’s conception of moral evil is that it is descriptively inadequate in two ways. First, it cannot recognize various types of moral evil recognized by common sense – it lacks appropriate breadth – and second, all instances of moral evil on his view arguably turn out to be equally evil – it lacks depth. My talk explores the resources, available to Kant, for responding to both objections. Regarding matters of breadth, the doctrine that fuels this worry is Kant’s so-called character rigorism. The way out is to restrict the scope of his rigorism, a move that I motivate independently of getting him around the breadth worry. Regarding depth, this worry is misplaced. Kant’s conception of the vices of hatred allow him to recognize varying depths of moral evil – some forms of evil are bad and some are very bad. As for the Badass, you will just have to attend the talk. Reading Assignment: Religion within the Limits of Bare Reason, Part 1.

A reception will follow the lecture. All are welcome to attend.


Paul Bloomfield,

Philosophy Department (primary), First Year Programs & Learning Communities, UConn Master Calendar

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