The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College - Alexandra Plakias

The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College - Alexandra Plakias

April 11, 2019

Professor Alexandra Plakias

"What's Wrong with Moral Disgust? Lessons from Disagreement"

  Alexandra Plakias Alexandra Plakias

At 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2019, Professor Alexandra Plakias gave a public lecture titled "What's Wrong with Moral Disgust? Lessons from Disagreement". The talk was hosted hosted in Carbone  Auditorium on Utica College's campus at 1600 Burrstone Rd., Utica, NY.

Professor Plakias observed how moral disgust has a bad reputation: philosophers and legal scholars treat it skeptically, questioning whether it has any legitimate role to play in moral discourse and practice. In this talk, she surveyed some of the most prominent reasons for rejecting moral disgust and argue that none stands up to scrutiny.  She offered an alternative diagnosis of our discomfort with disgust, one that draws on its role in moral disagreements. On this account, the problem of disgust in the moral domain has to do with the way it entrenches disagreements and distances disputants, acting as a barrier to moral convergence.

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