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Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore)

Thursday, May 28th 5:00-7:00, Neuberger Hall Room 8

From Moral Twin Earth to Pleasure in Eden


Many popular works of science fiction involve human beings and aliens meeting for the first time and disagreeing with each other about moral questions. Unfortunately, the causal theory of reference makes such disagreements impossible, as dramatized in Moral Twin Earth cases. To explain how moral disagreement between humans and aliens is possible, I offer a new theory of how moral terms refer. It involves moral feelings like guilt, horror, and adminration operating as perceptual states in the Edenic way described by David Chalmers. This account of reference suggests that the moral value of pleasure is fundamental to ethics.



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