Graham Oddie

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Titel Graham Oddie
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  • University of Colorado at Boulder
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Beskrivning Graham Oddie (University of Colorado Boulder, SCASS), talked at the higher seminar in Practical Philosophy:
Particularist’s Trinity: Shapelessness, Holism and Uncodifiability

Abstract: Three theses play prominent roles within normative particularism: shapelessness, holism and uncodifiability. The starring role is played by uncodifiability: that there are no codifiable principles that systematically connect purely natural properties with normative properties. Shapelessness and holism play strong supporting roles. The shapelessness thesis claims that what unites different instances of a normative property—what makes them all instances of one and the same property—cannot be accounted for in terms of similarities at the purely natural level. Holism claims that the normative contribution that a natural property makes to the wholes of which it is a part is not invariant, but depends on the rest of the wholes to which it makes its contribution. What I will call the master argument for particularism proceeds from holism and shapelessness to uncodifiability. Even more satisfying would be that any two the three elements of the trinity necessitate the third. My aim in this paper is not to argue directly for or against the trinity itself, but rather to show that the master argument not only fails, but that it does so quite drastically. More would be needed to secure the unity of the trinity.

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2019 maj 2

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Graham Oddie (University of Colorado Boulder, SCASS), talked at the higher seminar in Practical Philosophy:
Particularist’s Trinity: Shapelessness, Holism and Uncodifiability

Abstract: Three theses play prominent roles within normative particularism: shapelessness, holism and uncodifiability. The starring role is played by uncodifiability: that there are no codifiable principles that systematically connect purely natural properties with normative properties. Shapelessness and holism play strong supporting roles. The shapelessness thesis claims that what unites different instances of a normative property—what makes them all instances of one and the same property—cannot be accounted for in terms of similarities at the purely natural level. Holism claims that the normative contribution that a natural property makes to the wholes of which it is a part is not invariant, but depends on the rest of the wholes to which it makes its contribution. What I will call the master argument for particularism proceeds from holism and shapelessness to uncodifiability. Even more satisfying would be that any two the three elements of the trinity necessitate the third. My aim in this paper is not to argue directly for or against the trinity itself, but rather to show that the master argument not only fails, but that it does so quite drastically. More would be needed to secure the unity of the trinity.

2019 maj 2

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