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Collective and Temporally Extended Rights and Wrongs

Collective and Temporally Extended Rights and Wrongs
15 Devonshire Place, Larkin Building, Room 200
Time: Feb 7th, 9:00 am End: Feb 7th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Ethics, 2000-

The Centre for Ethics presents

Collective and Temporally Extended Rights and Wrongs

Paradigmatic cases of moral obligations and wrongdoing involve a single act of an individual towards specific persons. However many cases of moral obligations and wrong do not have this structure. I can wrong a student by repeatedly failing to call on her in class, even if I am not obligated to call on her on any specific occasion. It seems also that we together can wrong others even though no individual act of any of us wrongs any specific other person. A similar structure presents itself in the theories of practical reason and collective rationality. Philosophers have examined the rational demands on behaviour that obtain in virtue of projects, plans, and commitments that extend through time. In the area of collective action, we may ask how my participation in a collective action contributes to the assessment of what is rational for me to do.

Sergio Tenenbaum
Professor of Philosophy
University of Toronto

Wed, Feb 7, 2018
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
Rm 200, Larkin Building

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