[SydPhil] Notification: Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona @ Wed 27 May 2015 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)
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Title: Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona
Perhaps the most astonishing fact about intimidation is that, with one
notable exception--Sandra Bartky's essays on intimidation--there is no
philosophical analysis of what intimidation is or how it differs from
coercion. The most commonly discussed instances of intimidation--witness
intimidation, voter intimidation, gang intimidation, racial intimidation,
political intimidation, and intimidation in the context of domestic
violence--are all ones where explicit or implied threats of serious harm are
in play and thus where the distinction between coercion and intimidation is
especially blurred. While these instances of intimidation may be paradigm
cases of morally and legally worrisome intimidation, they are not obviously
paradigm instances of intimidation, since we also use 'intimidation' and
'being intimidated' in reference to contexts where there are no explicit or
implied threats, and indeed where there may be no intimidator.
There are thus two main questions before us. First, "What is intimidation?"
An adequate answer should make clear how and to what extent intimidation
differs from coercion. It should also provide an analysis that fits the
full range of instances of intimidation, not simply a salient subset.
Second, "In what does the badness or morally troubling nature of
When: Wed 27 May 2015 13:00 - 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room (S401), Main Quad
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