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On Valuing Moral Disagreement

On Valuing Moral Disagreement
15 Devonshire Place, Larkin Bldg rm 200
Time: Jan 20th, 4:00 pm End: Jan 20th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Psychology, Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Ethics, 2000-
Seminar talk by David Wong, Duke University

Centre for Ethics
University of Toronto
Seminar Talk
On Valuing Moral Disagreement

David Wong
Susan Fox Beischer & George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy, Duke University
Monday, Jan 20, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Room 200, Larkin Building
15 Devonshire Place
This event is free and open to the public.
Nourishing a Culture that Values Disagreement
This might seem a surprising topic for a U.S. philosopher who lives in a political climate of deep and heated moral and political disagreement, a climate in which many of the contestants seem so determined not to compromise that they barely take the trouble to comprehend the other side’s reasons or adopt the most cynical construal of its motivations. My hypothesis, however, is that this kind of conflict is a symptom of our inability to tolerate disagreement, much less to value it. If we fail to address the psychological dispositions, institutional incentives, and cultural norms that sustain this inability, calls for deliberative democracy will remain quixotic. We must decide which psychological dispositions to try to cultivate, whether we have the right mix of incentives in place, and what our current cultural norms both say about us, and how these norms shape us.
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