Today I interview moral philosopher Ruth Chang. Our discussion may serve as a kind of “Contemporary Meta-Ethics 101” course, and will bring you up to speed on the kinds of debates moral philosophers are having today. Among other things, we discuss:
- practical rationality: what should we do?
- what makes something a reason for action?
- are there more than 3 ways (better than, worse than, equal to) of comparing two things evaluatively?
Download CPBD episode 021 with Ruth Chang. Total time is 1:41:35.
Ruth Chang links:
- Ruth Chang at Rutgers University
- reading materials (in PDF) for her course with Derek Parfit, ‘Advanced Topics in Ethics’
- Making Comparisons Count
- Incommensurability, Incomparability, and Practical Reason
Links for things we discussed:
- Practical reason
- Chang, “Can Desires Provide Reasons for Action?“
- Buridan’s ass
- sui generis
- reasons for action: internal vs. external
- papers on internalism vs. externalism
- “Mackie’s two questions” appear in the famous first chapter of his Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong
- moral psychology
- Joyce, The Evolution of Morality
- divine command theory
- Chang, “Parity, Interval Value, and Choice“
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