May 23: Harjit Bhogal (Maryland), “Moral Necessity and Scientific Contingency”

On Monday 23 May, 1-3pm in the European Research Institute room 149 (see the campus map), Harjit Bhogal (University of Maryland) will give a work-in-progress talk to the FraMEPhys group. All are welcome and there is no need to register. We plan to make this meeting remotely accessible, and access details will appear here closer to the date.

“Moral Necessity and Scientific Contingency”
Abstract: Here is a puzzling phenomenon. Moral theories are typically thought to be necessary. If act utilitarianism is true, for example, then it is necessarily true. However, scientific theories are typically thought to be contingent. If quantum field theory is true, it’s not necessarily true — the world could have been Newtonian. My aim is to explore this discrepancy between domains. In particular, I’ll make a suggestion about what could motivate this modal difference — one to do with our intuitions about the ‘internality’ of explanations in the two domains.

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