Philosophy Seminar Series: Daniel Muñoz (North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Philosophy Seminar Series
Daniel Muñoz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill | 1:30pm, Friday 2, 2023
Is Self-Wronging Superstitious?
Duties to oneself have a distinguished history in moral philosophy. They can also smell a bit fishy. To some extent, the defenders of duties to oneself have cleared the air in recent years by developing solutions to the ‘paradox of self-release’. But there remains another, more normative problem. Many classic duties to oneself — like Kant’s prohibition on recreational sex — depend on a dubious kind of natural teleology. And while modern theories are less priggish, it is not clear that they are any more principled. In this talk, I argue that we can give principled and plausible accounts of a range of classic duties to self, such as the duty to develop one’s talents, by basing our theory on the Self-Other Symmetry, the view that we owe the same basic duties to ourselves as to anybody else.
Philosophy Seminar Room (N494)
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