Workshop: The Prospects of Kantian Constructivism
Kantian Constructivism, originally introduced by John Rawls to come to terms with the problem of political disagreement, has since developed into a middle position between realism and anti-realism in metaethics. Each of these positions is generally thought to fall short of accounting for one of two important features of moral discourse: either practicality or objectivity.
Kantian Constructivism derives its appeal from its promise to do justice to both. However, it has been disputed whether it can deliver on this promise. In particular, its critics have been eager to show that it collapses into realism or anti-realism; or, even more radically, that it does not constitute a metaethical view at all. In light of recent criticisms (S. Street, T.M. Scanlon, R. Stern, N.J.Z. Hussain and N. Shah, and others), the prospects of Kantian Constructivism seem bleak. In this workshop we would like to inquire whether, despite these criticisms, it is still a viable position. More specifically, we would like to discuss the suggestion that, in order to hold on to constructivism, we must drop its Kantian element.
Attendance is free but places are limited. If you would like to attend, please register by sending an email message to Jochen Bojanowski
10:00-11:15 Carla Bagnoli (Modena):
Kantian Constructivism and the Problem of the Relevant Domain
11:15-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:45 Irina Schumski (Warwick):
How to Be a Formal Metaethical Constructivist: Rescuing Kantian Constructivism from Sharon Street’s Critique and from Itself
1:45-3:00 Fabienne Peter (Warwick):
Sources of Practical Normativity — Going Hybrid.
3:00-3:15 Coffee Break
3:15-4:30 Joe Saunders (Sheffield):
Against Kant's Formalism (and Kant's Constructivism too)
4:30-4:45 Coffee Break
4:45-6:00 Jochen Bojanowski (Groningen):
Kant’s Solution to the Euthyphro-Dilemma
When & Where?
Saturday December 13, 2014
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