SOPhiA 2015

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

What Ought We to Do? In Defense of a Welfarist Answer
(Plenary Lecture, English, Location: HS 101)

What ought we to do? In my talk, I will briefly sketch a welfarist answer and then defend it against an influential objection: the objection from adaptive desires. According to this objection, welfarism often gives its blessing to the prevailing circumstances because people tend to adapt their desires to them and thus don't have desires that speak in favour of changing the circumstances. I will try to show, though, that the objection fails. When asking what ought to be the case, welfarism does not give an inadequate bonus to what is the case. It does not suffer from normative torpidity.

Chair: Albert Anglberger
Time: 16:30-18:00, 3 September 2015 (Thursday)
Location: HS 101

Ulla Wessels 
(Saarland University, Germany)

Ulla Wessels is Professor for Practical Philosophy at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken. Before that she was at the University of Leipzig, the University of Göttingen and at the University of California, Berkeley. Her main research area is ethics. In particular, she is interested in bioethics (abortion, genetic engineering), moral psychology and supererogation, among other things. She received the Wolfgang Stegmöller-Prize in 2003 for her book 'Die gute Samariterin: Zur Struktur der Supererogation'. Recent publications are 'Das Gute', Frankfurt am Main, 2011 and 'Wie gut wollen wir sein? ' (forthcomming).

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