The Spring 2017 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Neil Sinhababu, National University of Singapore. The title of his talk is "Empathetic Hedonists Escape Moral Twin Earth." (Abstract below.)
Friday, Jan 27, 3-5pm, Maloney Seminar Room, Social Sciences 224.
“Empathic Hedonists Escape Moral Twin Earth”
In Moral Twin Earth cases, humans meet aliens and disagree with them about moral questions. The causal theory of reference often used by naturalistic moral realists entails that such disagreement is impossible. To avoid this unwelcome result, I replace the causal theory with an empathic theory of representation, combining it with an experientialist analysis of moral concepts on which they apply to whatever moral feelings represent. This new semantic theory permits disagreement in Moral Twin Earth cases and entails ethical hedonism.