SOPhiA 2018

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Moral Psychology and Animal Ethics
(Plenary Lecture, English, Location: HS E.002)

The rationalist stance, according to which reason is both the necessary and sufficient ground for moral agency, has been contested by the "affective turn". Echoing David Hume, Adam Smith and Arthur Schopenhauer, this turn suggests that moral ability is largely based on emotive or experiential conceptualisation, such as anger, guilt or empathy. The talk explores how "affective moral agency" impacts how we normatively define, value and treat nonhuman animals. First, it maps out the descriptive relevance of emotions such as pride, guilt and shame, and second, it asks the following prescriptive question: if emotions impact our moral take on other animals, which emotions should we cultivate so as to broaden our ability to morally respond to other-than-human creatures?

Chair: Alexander Gebharter
Time: 14:00-15:30, 13 September 2018 (Thursday)
Location: HS E.002

Elisa Aaltola 
(University of Eastern Finland, Finland)

Testability and Meaning deco