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Lecture: The Problem of Impiety Bookmark and Share

Mar 7

4:30 p.m. @ Wall Boardroom, Room 222
Free and open to the public

Cora Diamond, Kenan Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of Virginia, will explain and respond to David Hume's "problem of impiety." Hume argues that once we have ruled out divine ordinance (rules given by God) as a basis for absolute, moral prohibitions on certain deeds - such as interfering in the course of nature through genetic experimentation - then there seem to be no satisfactory, objective, rational grounds for them at all. Put more provacatively, Hume argues that without a basis in Scripture, such absolute moral rules are based in mere superstition. Having presented this problem, Diamond will consider various replise to it: Kant's idea of reverence for our own rational autonomy, Anscombe's Catholic idea of a mystical perception of absolute value and other, contemporary responses.

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