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Roger Crisp (Oxford): Moral Luck and Equality of Moral Opportunity

Date and time

Thu, 20/04/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30

Location

Coombs Seminar Room A

This paper concerns what has come to be called ‘moral luck’. It begins with Adam Smith’s account of the problem, and then moves to the problem’s scope. It is argued that some of our sentiments in such cases may have their origin in views about moral pollution we no longer accept, and that this may provide an argument in favour of a volitionalist ethics. The paper closes with some discussion of the implications of and problems for such an ethics.

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