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Two Timely Questions
January 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Two Timely Questions
Why Be Moral? Tuesday, January 19, 5:00–6:30 P.M. Zoom invitations will be emailed to subscribers.
For as long as philosophy has existed, human beings have sought to understand the nature of truth, reason, value, reality, and existence. What better time than now to investigate fundamental questions about ourselves and our relationships to each other? Three Houston philosophers, Gwen Bradford, George Sher, and Tamler Sommers, will delve into two important questions and help us think about answers.
January 19: Why Be Moral?
Why should I be just rather than unjust? In a session moderated by Professor Bradford, Professors Sher and Sommers will discuss the tensions between notions of social justice and individual self-interest.
Gwen Bradford is an associate professor of philosophy at Rice University, where she specializes in value theory and normative ethics within the field of moral philosophy. Her book Achievement (Oxford University Press, 2015) was awarded the 2017 American Philosophical Association Book Prize. Professor Bradford was the 2019 recipient of the Duncan Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement at Rice University. Recent projects focus on uniqueness, perfectionism, and ill-being.
George Sher is the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Philosophy at Rice University and is the author of six books including In Praise of Blame (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Who Knew? Responsibility Without Awareness (Oxford University Press, 2009). The theme of control figures prominently in his most recent book, Equality for Inegalitarians (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and a new book entitled A Wild West of the Mind will soon be available. Professor Sher’s current areas of research include responsibility, unintentional omissions, moral ignorance, and distributive justice.
Tamler Sommers is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Houston. He works in the areas of moral psychology, free will, and moral responsibility with additional focus on honor, punishment, and revenge. Professor Sommers is the author of Relative Justice: Cultural Diversity, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility (Princeton University Press, 2012); A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2016); and Why Honor Matters (Basic Books, 2018).