[SydPhil] Notification: Matthew Hammerton @ Thu 5 May 2016 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Matthew Hammerton
A Trilemma for Deontology

All deontological moral theories are committed to agent-centered  
constraints. In this paper I argue that agent-centered constraints, as  
standardly formulated, are ambiguous and have three distinct  
interpretations. Thus, a deontologist must clarify which of these three  
interpretations her theory endorses. However, I argue that once we sift  
through the various options we discover a trilemma for deontology. The  
deontologist must either accept that: (i) deontological constraints are  
maximizing-state rules, or (ii) deontological constraints give no moral  
advice in cases where commonsense morality expects moral advice, or (iii)  
deontology adopts a counterintuitive decision procedure as a  
contrary-to-duty obligation. I argue that each of these options is a tough  
bullet to bite.
When: Thu 5 May 2016 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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