Saturday, February 18, 2012

Christine Korsgaard lecture at UCL March 16

Professor Christine Korsgaard will give the Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Lecture on March 16 at the University College London.

Her lecture is called "On Having a Good" and it is free and open to the public. Ted Honderich will preside.

In recent work I have defended the idea that the good is relational, that is, that the notion of good-for someone is prior to the notion of good, and that the idea of a good that is not good for anyone is incoherent. In this lecture I take up some issues raised by that account of the good. I ask what kinds of things can have a good, in what sense groups can have a good, how goods can and cannot be aggregated, and how we draw the line between changes in someone's identity and improvements in his/her condition.

Further information on the event here.

See her recent paper on "The Relational Nature of the Good" [pdf] (forthcoming in "Oxford Studies on Metaethics", Vol. 8 (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Christine Korsgaard is Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. Her books include "The Sources of Normativity" (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and "Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity" (Oxford University Press, 2009).

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