Thomas Schmidt

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Titel Thomas Schmidt
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  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Philosophie
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Beskrivning Thomas Schmidt visits the department. Among other things, he gave the following talk at the higher seminar in Practical Philosophy: Reasons of the Wrong Kind for Accepting Ethical Theories
Abstract:
Over and above considerations related to the content of ethical theories, structural considerations are also often claimed to bear upon the assessment of the pros and cons of rivalling views in normative ethics. In particular, consequentialists often advertise their theories as simpler and, thereby, structurally more attractive than standard deontological alternatives; and ethical pluralists are often criticised for having a disunified view that provides little guidance in cases of conflict. In this paper, I discuss whether structural considerations such as these should figure in the assessment of ethical theories and whether, specifically, there is a sense in which consequentialism is structurally more attractive than important deontological rivals. I argue that the latter is indeed the case but that this is no reason of the right kind to accept consequentialism. I will suggest that structural considerations quite generally hardly ever are reasons of the right kind in contexts in which the correctness or acceptability of ethical theories is at issue.
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2018 okt 12018 okt 5

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Thomas Schmidt visits the department. Among other things, he gave the following talk at the higher seminar in Practical Philosophy: Reasons of the Wrong Kind for Accepting Ethical Theories
Abstract:
Over and above considerations related to the content of ethical theories, structural considerations are also often claimed to bear upon the assessment of the pros and cons of rivalling views in normative ethics. In particular, consequentialists often advertise their theories as simpler and, thereby, structurally more attractive than standard deontological alternatives; and ethical pluralists are often criticised for having a disunified view that provides little guidance in cases of conflict. In this paper, I discuss whether structural considerations such as these should figure in the assessment of ethical theories and whether, specifically, there is a sense in which consequentialism is structurally more attractive than important deontological rivals. I argue that the latter is indeed the case but that this is no reason of the right kind to accept consequentialism. I will suggest that structural considerations quite generally hardly ever are reasons of the right kind in contexts in which the correctness or acceptability of ethical theories is at issue.
2018 okt 12018 okt 5

Värd för gäst

NamnThomas Schmidt
Besökares akademiska gradUniv.Prof
Extern organisation
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Philosophie