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Northwestern University's Department of Philosophy presents Andrew Chignell - Princeton University

When: Friday, October 7, 2022
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Where: University Hall, 101, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Emily Berry   (847) 491-3656

Group: Philosophy Colloquium Series

Category: Academic


Talk Title: On the Primacy of the Practical (and is Kant an early encroacher?)


Abstract:  In this talk I consider the Kantian idea that theoretical commitments regarding what exists can at times be wholly based in practical considerations regarding what ought to be the case.  I argue that at least one variety of a broadly Kantian “moral argument” has some real attractions.  Along the way I compare the Kantian picture to some “encroachment” theories in contemporary philosophy (i.e. theories according to which practical stakes affect whether or not we have knowledge of certain theoretical propositions).

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