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Monday, February 5: David Enoch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

*ROOM CHANGE- LRW 2001 – 1:45 – 3:15 pm

“Against Utopianism: Noncompliance and Multiple Agents”

Abstract: One of the central issues in recent debates over ideal and non-ideal theory (in political philosophy) has been whether it’s a shortcoming in a normative theory in political philosophy that it is unlikely to be complied with. I intervene in that debate, arguing that while David Estlund is correct that “But I’m not gonna!” is never a refutation of an ought judgment addressed at the relevant agent, still he’s wrong about the most important cases – these are cases of multiple agents, and the fact that another agent may not act as they ought to may very well be relevant to what I ought to do. Thus, this discussion in political philosophy requires taking a stand on the general moral question – how does the expected violation of some affect the duties of others.

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Date(s) - February 5, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

McMaster University, Kenneth Taylor Hall 109


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