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Relational Wrongs and the Demands of Justice

Relational Wrongs and the Demands of Justice
15 Devonshire Place, Room 200, Larkin Building
Time: Sep 26th, 4:00 pm End: Sep 26th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Law, Faculty of , Ethics, 2000-
Talk by Sarah Stroud, McGill University

The Centre for Ethics and the Jackman Chair presents Seminar Talk

Relational Wrongs and the Demands of Justice

Sometimes, but not always, when we act wrongly, we wrong someone (in particular). This fact is the starting point of my paper, which explores the moral terrain opened up by this transitive notion of wronging. Michael Thompson (2004) identifies the scope of such inherently relational or dyadic moral predicates with the domain of justice, but the theoretical grounds for attributing a relational wrong (rather than merely a wrong action) remain obscure. I examine and critique some approaches that have been floated in the literature before turning to consider whether relational wrongs reflect relationships in any robust or interesting sense.

Sarah Stroud, Department of Philosophy, McGill University, works mainly in contemporary analytic moral philosophy. Her research interests range widely across this terrain but centre on foundational issues in moral psychology and moral theory and on the intersection of such issues with metaethics and with the philosophy of action.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at 416 946-6288.



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