Visiting speaker seminar

Speaker: Richard Yetter Chappell (York)

Title: Willpower Satisficing

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Abstract: Satisficing Consequentialism is often rejected as hopeless. Perhaps its greatest problem is that it risks condoning the gratuitous prevention of goodness above the baseline of what qualifies as "good enough". I propose a radical new willpower-based version of the view that avoids this problem, and that better fits with the motivation of avoiding an excessively demanding conception of morality. I further demonstrate how, by drawing on the resources of an independent theory of blameworthiness, we may obtain a principled specification of what counts as "good enough".

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The Visiting Speaker Seminar features talks on all areas of philosophy. For information, or to join the email list for these events, please contact Patrick Todd. All are welcome, including all students (MA, MSc, PhD) and faculty in philosophy.


Dr Patrick Todd

Feb 03 2017 -

Visiting speaker seminar

03 Feb 2017: Richard Yetter Chappell (York)

Room 3.11, Dugald Stewart Building, 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AD