Higher Sem in Practical Philosophy: Benjamin Kiesewetter „What We May Expect of Each Other“.
The Department of Philosophy is delighted to welcome Professor Benjamin Kiesewetter to the Higher Seminar in Practical Philosophy. He will give a self-contained talk with the title
„What We May Expect of Each Other“.
What is it for an agent to have a moral obligation (or to be morally required) to perform an action? In this paper, I present an analysis of moral obligations in terms of reasons, argue that it provides illuminating explanations of some of their potentially puzzling features, and suggest how it can be put to use to solve some pressing problems in moral philosophy – including the why-be-moral challenge, the so-called paradox of supererogation, and Anscombe’s challenge to modern moral philosophy. The core idea of the proposal is that the realm of moral obligations is the realm of what persons can legitimately expect of each other. More precisely, I aim to defend the view that for A to be morally required to ???? is for A to have decisive reasons to ???? that are also sufficient agent-neutral reasons to expect A to ????.
Benjamin Kiesewetter is Professor of Practical Philosophy at Bielefeld University and Principal Investigator of the ERC project "The Structure of Normativity".
There is no paper to read in advance.