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Fifth Annual Tennessee Value and Agency (TVA) Conference September 30 — October 2, 2016 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Keynote Speakers: Michael Brady (Glasgow) and Peter Railton (Michigan) Abstracts of 300-500 words, prepared for blind review, are due by... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at PEA Soup
We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the Inaugural Marc Sanders Award for Public Philosophy. We hope that this award will incentivize and draw attention to excellent new long-form public philosophy. Essay: We invite submissions of unpublished... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at PEA Soup
It is my pleasure to introduce our next Featured Philosopher, John Deigh. John is a Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Texas, Austin, and he is widely known for his insightful work in moral psychology, the history... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at PEA Soup
In The Possibility of Altruism Thomas Nagel introduces a distinction between motivated and unmotivated desires that has since become standard in discussions of action theory and moral psychology. But what, exactly, are these categories? Many uses of the term, arguably... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at PEA Soup
I am happy to announce that our next featured philosopher is the insightful and creative Kyla Ebels-Duggan (Northwestern). Her post, titled "More than Words Can Say: On Inarticulacy and Normative Commitment," will be up this Wednesday. Please stop by then... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at PEA Soup
I am pleased to introduce the next PEA Soup Featured Philosopher, Miranda Fricker. Profesor Fricker is currently the Director of the Mind Association, the author of the insightful and very influential book, Epistemic Injustice, and she is posting today about... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at PEA Soup
Some time ago I argued that a problem with a certain sort of virtue ethics might not be fixable (in “Virtue and Right”). The banner ‘virtue ethics’ covers a variety of views united by not much more than the thought... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at PEA Soup
I am happy to announce that our next Featured Philosopher is Robert Johnson, from the University of Missouri. His post titled "Virtue and Right Revisited" will be up for discussion on Tuesday. Please stop by then to join the discussion! Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at PEA Soup
Over the last decade, I have been developing an interconnected set of claims and arguments concerning the second-personal character of central moral phenomena. My focus has been the deontic moral notions of obligation, duty, right, wrong, rights, and so on,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at PEA Soup
I am happy to announce that our next Featured Philosopher is Stephen Darwall, who is currently the Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. His post titled "Second-Personal Attitudes of the Heart" will be up for discussion on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at PEA Soup
Sharon Street has argued that (prominent versions of) quasi-realist expressivism ("expressivism," for short) has a knowledge problem. Others, such as Allan Gibbard and Jamie Dreier, deny this. I'm inclined to agree with Sharon on this matter, albeit for reasons somewhat... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at PEA Soup
I am happy to announce that our next Featured Philosopher is Terence Cuneo from the University of Vermont. Terence's most recent book is Speech and Morality: On the Metaethical Implications of Speaking, and his post titled "Does Expressivism Have A... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at PEA Soup
It is my pleasure to share this post written by Featured Philosopher Charles Mills. Professor Mills is the John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University, and is well know for his influential and insightful work in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at PEA Soup
I am happy to announce that our next featured philosopher, Charles Mills, will have a post up on PEA soup a week from today. Professor Mills is the John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern and his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at PEA Soup
Happy New Year! I am happy to share the planned Spring/Summer line up of Featured Philosophers you can look forward to on PEA Soup. One goal is for the series to reflect diverse people and topics and this list includes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at PEA Soup
Thanks to Brad Cokelet and the PEA Soup crew for the invitation to join an illustrious line-up! Earlier this year my first book was published (Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language, OUP). In the first part, I offer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at PEA Soup
I am glad to announce that the PEA Soup Featured Philosophers series is starting up again, and that it will henceforth feature at least one philosopher per month (see the PEA soup calendar if curious) On Thursday we will be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at PEA Soup
Note: This post is written by Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer and is a response to Jussi Suikkanen's post Expressivism, Subjectivism and Reasons Response to Suikkanen In The Point of View of the Universe [OUP 2014; henceforth PVU] we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at PEA Soup
Announcing the 3rd Annual Tennessee Value and Agency Conference: Reason and the Moral Sentiments in Moral Life and Judgment. November 7 & 8 1210 McClung Tower, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Amelie Rorty, Professor, Tufts. Keynote address: The Ethics of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at PEA Soup
Thanks so much for inviting me to contribute today! Recently, I’ve been thinking about the relationship between different kinds of ignorance and moral blameworthiness. I’m interested in how we should respond to wrong action that is (partly) attributable to moral... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at PEA Soup
I am glad to announce that, after a summer hiatus, PEA Soup is starting up the Featured Philosophers series again. Tomorrow, I will be adding a post by Julia Markovits, who just moved from MIT to Cornell. Julia is well... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at PEA Soup
Wonder what editors of top philosophy journals think about the field? You can listen to them discuss the current state of play, recent history, and possible avenues of development here. Editors of the following journals are included: J Phil, Mind, Phil Review, Philosophy and Technology, BJPS, Synthese, Phil Quarterly, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Hi Jonathan, You wrote: "on your proposal, it seems that if it's harder to 'be happy' than it is to 'be unhappy,' then it should be easier to 'not be happy' than to 'be unhappy' - all it would take is to not have one of the many conditions that happiness requires." I think posing questions about people "being happy" and "not being happy" are bound to mislead. It would be better to talk about being completely or maximally happy, reasonably happy, a least a little happy, and not being happy at all. This is still pretty simplistic but at least it is a step in the right direction. My hypothesis here is that since you stick with 'happy' and 'not happy' the question about strength of agreement ends up tracking "degrees of happiness", not whatever else it is meant to track (degrees of confidence?). The idea is that someone who thinks J is a least a little happy will be reluctant to strongly agree with 'J is not happy'. The truth in your thought that any significant lack of happiness is sufficient for the truth of 'J is not happy' is this: any significant lack of happiness is sufficient for the truth of 'J is not completely happy'. But that does not entail or support 'J is not a little happy' or even 'J is not reasonably happy'.
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May 30, 2012
THEORIES OF ACTION AND MORALITY: Perspectives from philosophy and social theory 10-11 September 2012, at Universidad de Navarra Pamplona, Spain This conference addresses the question of whether human action is intrinsically moral, and hence the question of whether or in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at PEA Soup