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Presenting at AS

posted May 5, 2014, 12:42 AM by shalomation   [ updated Jan 8, 2016, 5:06 AM ]
I will be presenting at the Postgraduate Session of the The 2014 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association at Cambridge, UK, July 11-13. My talk has been postponed to Sunday due to my tradition of not working on the Jewish Sabbath (Shabat).  Here is an abstract of my talk:
Is doing the right thing in order to behave in accordance with the moral truth as such less virtuous than doing the same right thing for the sake of some more concrete moral value (such as benevolence)? The former type of motivation has been called de-dicto moral motivation, whereas the latter - (non-derivative) de-re moral motivation. I argue that in cases where an effective de-re moral motivation is more virtuous than an effective de-dicto moral motivation (assuming that both would lead to the same right action), this is due to (1) certain applicable practical advantages of this de-re moral motivation (such as leading directly to action without wasting precious time on unnecessary reflection about the right de-dicto), or (2) certain virtuous non-deliberative dispositions the presence of which this de-re moral motivation indicates (such as an emotional attachment to a spouse). In cases where an effective de-dicto moral motivation neither indicates a lack of such virtuous non-deliberative dispositions, nor has practical disadvantages that are important enough, it is in no way less virtuous.