Competing Claims and the Abuse of the Separateness of Persons
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:30pm

Join the Philosophy Department's Socratic Society for a talk by Jamie Hardy, an adjunct instructor of philosophy at Portland State University

"Competing Claims and the Abuse of the Separateness of Persons": A common objection to utilitarianism is that it violates the separateness of persons. The separateness of persons is a normative doctrine that holds that individuals are distinct from each other and ought to be treated as distinct persons. The problem is that the canonical works offer little explanation of the objection. Decades later, there are still only a handful of attempts that explain the separateness of persons with each offering different interpretations. Yet, instead of working through these difficult issues, recent work has attempted to apply the objection to other moral theories. As an example of how the doctrine of separateness of persons is abused in philosophical debates and why more theoretical work needs to be done on the separateness of persons, I turn to the debate between Competing Claims and the Priority View.

Thursday, Jan. 23 | 12:30 p.m.

Fourth Avenue Building, Room 170-05