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The University of Southampton

The Puzzle of Moral Memory Seminar

16:00 - 18:00
19 February 2019
Room 2115, Building 65, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Alexander Greenberg at .

Event details

Part of the Philosophy Seminar Series 2018/19


A largely overlooked and puzzling feature of morality is Moral Memory: apparent cases of directly memorising, remembering, and forgetting first-order moral propositions seem odd. To illustrate: consider someone reporting that they have forgotten that torture is wrong, or acting as if they are remembering that euthanasia is permissible, or memorising that capital punishment is wrong. In the talk I'll clarify Moral Memory, then consider and reject a series of explanations of it, before proposing an account which appeals to the nature of evaluation.


This series of seminars are sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Speaker information

Robert Cowan, University of Glasgow. Lecturer in Philosophy

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