Calendar

Jan
26
Thu
Marta Cabrera’s Thesis Defense “The Emotional Self: A Relational View”
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am

Next Thursday January 26, 2023 will take place the defense of the thesis “The Emotional Self: A Relational View” of our PhD candidate Marta Cabrera, directed by our professors Josep Corbí and Jordi Valor. The event will take place from 11:00 am in the “Sala de Graus” of the “Facultat de Filosofia i Ciències de l’Educació”.

Jan
27
Fri
Carla Bagnoli (Università di Modena) and Christopher Bennett (University of Sheffield): The Emotions: Their Expression and Their Manipulation
Jan 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Please note that the event begins 30 minutes earlier than usual.

 

Feb
10
Fri
José Martínez (Universitat de Barcelona): TBA
Feb 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Feb
24
Fri
Chon Tejedor (Universitat de València): The Epistemology of Responsibility in Agency-Stultifying Situations: the Case of Climate Change.
Feb 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

In this talk, I examine how individual responsibility arises in situations that present the following four features: 

(a) The combined behaviour of numerous individuals causes significant cumulative harm.

(b) The behaviour of any one individual, in and of itself, does not cause this cumulative harm, nor can it have a significant impact on it.

(c) Individuals do not intend the cumulative harm, even though they understand and expect it to result from the combined behaviour of numerous individuals – behaviour such as their own.

(d) Abstaining from behaving in this way is costly for the individual. 

There are numerous examples of situations meeting these conditions. The most paradigmatic (and arguably the most urgent) is that of climate change (Broome, 2012).

Since in our culture (both in our ordinary, minimally theoretic, everyday culture and in our philosophical one), individual responsibility is typically articulated in terms of either intentions or consequences, we face a profound “hermeneutic lacuna” (to adopt Miranda Fricker’s expression) when attempting to make individual responsibility visible or even intelligible in situations of this kind: we simply lack the epistemic resources to account for individual responsibility in such situations. 

This, in turn, has a stultifying or paralysing effect on our agency: lacking the required epistemic resources, we find ourselves unable to articulate clear reasons for changing our behaviour and, since changing our behaviour would be costly (given d), our behaviour remains unchanged. I will therefore employ the term “agency-stultifying situation” to refer to any situation that satisfies the four above-described criteria. 

In this talk, I examine what epistemic resources could be generated so as to overcome this hermeneutic lacuna, focusing in particular on the example of climate change.

Bibliography:

    • Broome, John. Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World (New York: Norton Global Ethics Series, 2012). 
    • Fricker, Miranda. Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (Oxford University Press, 2007). 
    • Gesang, Bernward. (2021) “Climate Change – Do I Make a Difference?” Environmental Ethics, vol. 39, pp. 3–19
    • Kagan, Shelly. “Do I Make a Difference”, Philosophy & Public Affairs (2011).

 

Mar
10
Fri
Matheus Valente (Universitat de València): TBA
Mar 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Mar
23
Thu
Cristopher Peacocke (Columbia University): Perception of Music (1)
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

First lecture on perception of music by Professor Christopher Peacocke (Columbia University).

More info TBA.

Mar
24
Fri
Christopher Peacocke (Columbia University): Perception of Music (2)
Mar 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Second lecture on the perception of music by Professor Christopher Peacocke as part of the VLC Philosophy Lab Colloquium series.

More info TBA.

Apr
26
Wed
XXX-SIUCC-Bermudez
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day

The 30th edition of the SIUCC conference devoted to José Luiz Bermúdez (Texas A&M) will take place in Valencia between the 26th and the 28th of April 2023. More info at: https://vlclab.blogs.uv.es/xxx-siucc-bermudez/

May
3
Wed
Benjamin Young (University of Nevada): TBA
May 3 all-day

Seminar on the philosophy of olfaction by Professor Benjamin Young. More info TBA. 

May
5
Fri
Anna Giustina (Universitat de València): TBA
May 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm