Presentation: William Lycan “Is Desire a Propositional Attitude?”

We are pleased to announce that William Lycan will discuss the topic of whether desires are propositional attitudes on Thursday, February 28. The talk with draw from his paper “Desire Considered as a Propositional Attitude” (Philosophical Perspectives, 26, Philosophy of Mind, 2012, pp.201-215). The reading is not required but will be helpful background for the discussion. We’ll meet in room 208 of Caldwell Hall from 7:00pm-8:30pm. There will be food from the Mediterranean Deli.

Presentation: Walter Sinnot-Armstrong and Jesse Summers on “Scrupulous Agents”

Please join us for a special Valentine’s Day meeting!  Walter Sinnot-Armstrong and Jesse Summers are going to present a work-in-progress: “Scrupulous Agents.” Here is the current abstract. ” Scrupulosity (a form of OCD involving obsession with morality) raises fascinating issues about the nature of moral  judgment, about what is morally permitted in therapy, and about moral responsibility. After defining scrupulosity, describing its common features, and discussing concrete case studies, we will focus on some peculiar aspects of moral judgments made by scrupulous patients (such as though-action fusion) and on the issue of whether these patients are reasons-responsive in the ways required for control and moral responsibility.” We’ll meet Thursday, Feb. 14 from 7:00pm-8:30pm in room 208 of Caldwell Hall. There will be pizza!