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"Ethics as a Human Project"

Date: 04/10/14
Time: 4:45 - 6:15 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: Philosophy Department, Evolutionary Studies Program, EvoS Club, NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society, the Office of the Provost, and Campus Auxiliary Services
Location: Lecture Center 100
Contact: Bruce Milem, x2621, milemb@newpaltz.edu

What makes ways of living good or bad, actions right or wrong? Can we make objective judgments about what is valuable? Western philosophy has struggled with these questions. In this lecture, Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, will suggest that we can liberate ourselves from familiar difficulties in answering them if we treat ethical practice as an evolving project, with deep roots in our human (and pre-human) past.