The Dennes Room

Event Detail

Thu Dec 12, 2019
Howison Library, 4–6 PM
Graduate Research Colloquium
Omar Fakhri (UC Berkeley)
Past Moral Disagreement

I argue that if present widespread moral disagreements pose a problem for our moral knowledge, then past widespread moral disagreements will also pose a problem for our moral knowledge. However, unlike present widespread moral disagreements, past widespread moral disagreements pose a challenge against what I call our dearly held moral beliefs—first-order moral beliefs that we have great confidence in. We are left with rejecting either our dearly held moral beliefs or the conjunction of premises in support of the problem. I argue that we should take the latter option.