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<p class="xmsonormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121">Steve Clarke (CSU) <o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
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<p class="xmsonormal"><b><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121">Date: Tuesday, 5<sup>th</sup> of September<br>
Time: 13:00 - 14:00<br>
Venue: Seminar Room on the 5th floor of the Hearing Hub, Macquarie University*</span></b><o:p></o:p></p>
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<p class="xmsonormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121">Note the change from the usual venue</span></i></b><i><o:p></o:p></i></p>
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<p class="xmsonormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121">Abstract: </span></b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121">Mark Twain’s famous novel The Adventures of Huckleberry
 Finn (AHF) (1884), has been much discussed by philosophers. Its two most influential philosophical interpreters are Jonathan Bennett and Nomy Arpaly. Bennett holds that the core moral message of AHF concerns the importance of sympathy for morality. I’ll argue,
 contra Bennett, that when we consider AHF carefully it becomes clear that the book is best interpreted as pointing to distinct limits to the role that sympathy can play in informing moral perception. Arpaly interprets AHF as depicting its central character,
 Huck, as coming to perceive Jim, the runaway slave, as a person and rejecting racism in the process. I’ll show why it is misleading to interpret AHF this way. On my interpretation of AHF, Huck is well positioned to realise that Jim is a person, and that racism
 is wrong, but he fails to do this; and so, he remains a proponent of racism and slavery throughout the book. The central moral lesson of AHF, I’ll argue, concerns the importance of moral deliberation. Huck renounces moral deliberation early in the book and,
 as a consequence, deprives himself of an opportunity to see what is wrong with racism and slavery, later on.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="xmsonormal"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121">Contact: Adam Hochman (</span><span style="color:#212121"><a href="mailto:adam.hochman@mq.edu.au" target="_blank" title="mailto:adam.hochman@mq.edu.au
Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#1155CC">adam.hochman@mq.edu.au</span></a></span><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121">) or
 Mike Olson (</span><span style="color:#212121"><a href="mailto:michael.olson@mq.edu.au" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#1155CC">michael.olson@mq.edu.au</span></a></span><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121">) </span><o:p></o:p></p>
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<p class="xmsonormal"><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121">A google calendar with details of other events in this series is available for viewing and subscription by following this link</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121">: </span><span style="color:#212121"><a href="https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/1RkoBZsXd1Ndie?domain=goo.gl" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#039BE5">goo.gl/3Iu7hk</span></a></span><o:p></o:p></p>
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<b><span style="font-size:9.0pt;line-height:150%;color:#333333;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Adam Hochman</span></b><span style="font-size:9.0pt;line-height:150%;color:#333333;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU"><br>
Lecturer in Philosophy & Macquarie University Research Fellow</span><span style="font-size:9.0pt;line-height:150%;color:#333333;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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