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Kantian Conventionalism
Date(s) 04/06/2018 - 2:15 p.m (refreshments), 2:30 p.m. (talk)
Location Willard Conference Room, DePerno Hall
Presenter Christopher Melenovsky, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Description Moral conventionalism is the view that many of our rights, obligations, and responsibilities are determined by specific social practices. For example, conventionalists believe that we have property rights only because we live in a society with well established rules that create property and we have an obligation to keep promises only because we live in a society that recognizes rules of promise-keeping. Unlike moral relativism, conventionalists believe that there is a universal moral principle that explains why contingent social rules are morally significant. Traditionally, those who argue for moral conventionalism rely on consequentialism to provide this universal principle. By contrast, I argue that a Kantian moral theory provides a better justification for moral conventionalism. I will explain the advantages that a Kantian theory has and overcome a prominent Kantian objection to conventionalist views.

Nexus is a seminar series presented by Utica College faculty in which they discuss their research interests and scholarly pursuits. It is an opportunity for participants to explore new findings and viewpoints and share ideas with faculty, students, and the local community. Refreshments are served at 2:15 p.m.; seminars begin at 2:30.
Cost Free

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