SOPhiA 2022

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Norm externalisation and the evolution of cooperation
(Political Philosophy, English)

In a recent article, Kyle Stanford gives an account of what he terms "externalisation", understood as our tendency to objectify or externalise moral demands and obligations. According to Stanford, externalisation is a distinctive feature of our moral psychology which is adaptive since it enables and preserves cooperation. I claim that the main issue with this account is that it assumes a primarily psychological, instead of social, perspective. I argue for an alternative perspective that gives primacy to social practices and the social reality they create. I show how, seen in this light, norm externalisation becomes a side-effect instead of an adaptation deserving of a special explanation

Chair: Giada Coleschi
Time: 15:20-15:50, 07 September 2022 (Wednesday)
Location: SR 1.007
Remark: CHANGE. The talk is cancelled!

Martina Valkovic 
(Leibniz University Hannover; Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)

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