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Perspectives on Ethics: Norms and Normality

Perspectives on Ethics: Norms and Normality
15 Devonshire Place, Larkin Building, Room 200
Time: Jan 15th, 4:00 pm End: Jan 15th, 6:00 am
Interest Categories: Science/Technology, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Ethics, 2000-
Talk by Joshua Knobe

The Centre for Ethics presents


Perspectives on Ethics: Joshua Knobe

Norms and Normality

People ordinarily distinguish between ways of behaving that are “normal” and those that are “abnormal.” But how exactly is this distinction to be understood? This talk will discuss a series of experimental studies designed to explore people’s ordinary notion of normality. The key result is that people’s ordinary notion of normality is not a purely statistical one (e.g., the type of behavior that is most frequent) or a purely prescriptive one (e.g., the type of behavior that is ideal) but rather one that mixes together statistical and prescriptive considerations. I discuss implications of these findings for ethics and for research in cognitive science.


Joshua Knobe

Yale University
Program in Cognitive Science &
Department of Philosophy

Mon, Jan 15, 2018
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Room 200, Larkin Building
15 Devonshire Place

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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