“Strawson’s Ethical Naturalism: a Defense”

Apr 4, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Laura Wooten Hall, Room 301 (Kerstetter Room)



Event Description


I first present what Peter Strawson calls his “Social Naturalism,” as applied to ethics. I then briefly present the way in which his Naturalism allows Strawson to resist skepticism about moral responsibility and free will, as argued in “Freedom and Resentment." His way of resisting this kind of skepticism opens his Naturalism to another challenge: it can seem objectionably relativistic. I have provided a response to this challenge, on Strawson’s behalf, in the final chapter of Freedom, Resentment, and the Metaphysics of Morals (2020). In this paper I will expand upon that response, in particular on the way in which the introduction of admittedly contested ideals might provide sufficient critical purchase to avoid objectionable relativism while remaining broadly naturalistic.

This Program in Ethics and Public Affairs (PEPA) talk is open to Princeton University ID Holders and Other Academic Affiliates.

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UCHV and the Department of Philosophy