Kelly Sorensen (Ursinus): November 29th, 4:10pm. Humanities Center

The Actual and The Expected

Outcomes count for something in almost all ethical theories, and every such theory must take a stand on whether it is expected or actual outcomes that count.  This is obviously true of consequentialism.  But any non-consequentialist theory that includes even a weak positive obligation to aid others must also say whether fulfilling that obligation tracks what one reasonably expects to happen or instead what actually happens.  With Kurt Gerstein as a historical test case, I argue that both must count, and that morality in fact consists of two (often conflated) subject matters.

End Date: 
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 19:45