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Durham University

Department of Philosophy

The Varieties of Moral Experience

These workshops bring together a group of philosophers working in areas relevant to moral phenomenology, and will explore the variety of ways in which phenomenology and phenomenological insights can be used to shed light on central questions in ethics. Phenomenological approaches discuss the structure of experience, the place of norms, the nature of our access to reality, the structure of interpersonal understanding, and the nature of emotions and feelings. All of these themes have important implications for moral inquiry. Current research in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, psychiatry and philosophical psychology is explicitly informed by phenomenology and although there is now considerable interest in the potential applications of phenomenological research to ethics, the area has been underexplored. Contributions to the workshops include research on specific phenomenologists and topics which cover a variety of issues and questions central to moral philosophy.

June Workshop, 2008

Peter Poellner (University of Warwick): Perceiving Values? Commentary: Benedict Smith (Durham University)

Shaun Gallagher (University of Central Florida): Phronesis and Social Cognition. Commentary: Matthew Ratcliffe (Durham University)

Benedict Smith (Durham University): Moral Philosophy and Moral Phenomenology. Commentary: Elisabeth Schellekens (Durham University)

Jan Slaby (University of Osnabruck): Heidegger on Boredom. Commentary: Simon James (Durham University)

Peter Goldie (University of Manchester): Anti-empathy. Commentary: Elisabeth Schellekens (Durham University)

Tim Thornton (University of Central Lancashire): McDowellian moral phenomenology? Commentary: Benedict Smith (Durham University)

August Workshop, 2008

Wayne Martin (University of Essex): Ought but Cannot. Commentary: James Clarke (University of York)

Nalini Bhushan (Smith College): The Phenomenology of Mourning. Commentary: Simon James (Durham University)  

Clare Carlisle (University of Liverpool): Habits and Moral Philosophy. Commentary: Geoffrey Scarre (Durham University)

Jay L. Garfield (Smith College): What is it Like to be a Bodhisattva?  Commentary: Benedict Smith (Durham University)

David Cooper (Durham University): Engaging with Nature. Commentary: Simon James (Durham University)

Mark Timmons (University of Arizona): The Phenomenology of Supererogation. Commentary: Sabina Lovibond (University of Oxford)