[SydPhil] CAVE: Michael Brady (Glasgow), Tuesday 12 April, 12pm at Macquarie

Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics arts.cave at mq.edu.au
Thu Apr 7 14:13:17 AEST 2016

Hi all,

The Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics (CAVE) is pleased to announce that the next CAVE seminar will be given by Michael Brady (Glasgow). It takes place during the semester break, so we hope that you can join us!

Date: Tuesday 12 April 2016
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Venue: W6A 708, Macquarie University

All welcome, no registration required.

Title: Painfulness, Desire, and Reasons

Abstract: What makes pains painful? The desire view of painfulness holds that painfulness is an extrinsic quality of pain sensations; these count as painful because the subject desires that they cease. The view faces a number of serious objections, the most devastating of which is a version of the Euthyphro Dilemma. At the heart of this criticism is the claim that desires lack the normative force to enable the desire view to capture what is supposed to be a platitude about painfulness, namely that it gives one a normative reason to act so that the sensation ceases. In this paper I argue that the desire view can respond to this challenge and capture the normativity of painfulness.

Bio: Michael Brady is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on issues in the philosophy of emotion, ethics, and epistemology. His monograph on these themes - Emotional Insight - was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He is currently co-Principal Investigator on a major three-year research project, titled The Value of Suffering, which is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and hosted in the Philosophy Department, University of Glasgow. He was previously Director of the British Philosophical Association and Secretary of the Scots Philosophical Association. He is on the editorial board of The Philosophical Quarterly and Oxford Bibliographies, and has worked as a philosophical advisor on a number of productions by the Manchester-based theatre company Quarantine.

We hope to see you there!

Stay in touch via our website<http://mq.edu.au/cave> or via Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/mqcave>.


Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE)
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
CAVE website: mq.edu.au/cave<http://cave.mq.edu.au>

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