Dear all, Theron Pummer (University of St Andrews) will be giving a talk in the Faculty Board Room from 2.30pm - 4pm, entitled "Optimizing Outside Options."
Abstract: Suppose you can either: (i) do nothing, (ii) sacrifice your arm to save one child, or (iii) sacrifice your arm to save five. Many believe there are non-consequentialist moral options according to which (i) is permissible. Even if there are, it seems that (ii) is wrong, given the availability of (iii). In an earlier paper, I defended the claim that (ii) is wrong, even if (i) is permissible. More generally, I claimed that even if there are moral options of the above sort, you act wrongly if you fail to do (much) more good at no (or little) extra cost to yourself. In the present paper, I respond to a number of important objections to these claims, including those from Jeff McMahan. All welcome! We'll head to the pub afterwards for anyone who wants to join that too. Best wishes, Tom _____________________________________________________ To unsubscribe from the CamPhilEvents mailing list, or change your membership options, please visit the list information page: http://bit.ly/CamPhilEvents List archive: http://bit.ly/CamPhilEventsArchive Please note that CamPhilEvents doesn't accept email attachments. See the list information page for further details and suggested alternatives.