Moralism: The Boundaries of Moral Thinking
- Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
- Date: 20-21 June 2016
We often criticize a certain kind of moral thinking as moralistic. This charge may be directed
at those who disapprove of a funny but inappropriate joke, a loving but morally troubling act, a
beautiful but disturbing work of art, a morally dubious political decision, or a religious perception
that goes against ordinary moral conscience. But what do we mean when we accuse someone of being “moralistic”?
Though a familiar ethical experience, moralism has received relatively little philosophical attention.
This conference will investigate the concept of moralism and its role in moral thinking. Moralism is a
notion we appeal to when we need to reflect on the role of morality in the texture of our lives, and to
assess its boundaries. For this reason, reflecting on the concept of moralism can contribute in a decisive
way to understanding the nature of ethics.
- Alfred Archer (Tilburg)
- Matt Bennett (University of Essex)
- Anna Bergqvist (Manchester Metropolitan University)
- Sophie-Grace Chappell (The Open University)
- Piergiorgio Donatelli (Sapienza Universita di Roma)
- Matteo Falomi (University of Essex)
- Edward Harcourt (University of Oxford)
- Timo Juetten (University of Essex)
- Sarin Marchetti (University of Milan)
- Stephen Mulhall (University of Oxford)
- Tom O'Shea (University of York)
- Silvia Panizza (University of East Anglia)
- Edward Skidelsky (University of Exeter)
- Maria Silvia Vaccarezza (University of Genoa)
- Attendance is free but registration is required. Please
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All sessions take place in room EBS.2.1, Colchester campus (unless otherwise stated)
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