[SydPhil] Reminder: Liz Harman @ Thu 17 Jul 2014 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Liz Harman
Morally Permissible Moral Mistakes
by Elizabeth Harman (Princeton University)
In this paper, I argue for a moral category of actions (and omissions)  
which has been ignored or underappreciated by moral theorists:  morally  
permissible moral mistakes.  A moral mistake is something that an agent  
should not do, all things considered, such that the considerations that  
tell against doing it - that make it something she should not do - are  
moral considerations.  It is commonly thought that everything we should not  
do for moral reasons - that is, every moral mistake - is morally wrong.   
But, I argue, this is not true.
I argue that there are morally permissible moral mistakes.  I argue that  
morally permissible moral mistakes can have some features that may be  
surprising:  they do not just arise out of reasons of beneficence; they can  
be morally good things to do; and they can be praiseworthy.  I distinguish  
the category of morally permissible moral mistakes from several other moral  
categories with which it might be confused.  I also argue for another  
category which is the flipside of morally permissible moral mistakes:   
behavior that one should engage in, all things considered, for moral  
reasons; this category includes but is not exhausted by morally required  
behavior; some morally supererogatory behavior falls into this category as  
Finally, I argue that recognizing these two categories is useful in a  
number of ways.  It helps us to see some features of supererogatory  
behavior that otherwise are ignored.  It dissolves a puzzle about  
supererogation.  It makes new moral views available to us.  It makes new  
interpretations of our own and others' commitments possible.  And it  
enables us to make sense of combinations of views that otherwise appear  
When: Thu 17 Jul 2014 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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