The Spring 2016 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Sharon Street, New York University. The title of Professor Street's talk is "Meditation And Metaethics: Making Sense Of The View From Nowhere." (Abstract below.)
Friday, Mar 24, 3-5pm, Maloney Seminar Room, Social Sciences 224.
"Meditation And Metaethics: Making Sense Of The View From Nowhere"
Thomas Nagel’s account of ethical objectivity in The View From Nowhere is highly suggestive but notoriously obscure. In this talk, I review Nagel’s proposal, raise some criticisms of it, and then suggest that an appeal to the form of attention cultivated in meditation practice might be able to shed light on what Nagel calls the “objective standpoint” relevant to ethics. I close with a sketch of a secular metaethical proposal that draws on these ideas, and which, if it could be made to work, would vindicate a strong form of ethical objectivity without metaphysical or epistemological mystery.