Julia Driver, Washington University, and Roy Sorensen, Washington University
- Date: –16:00
- Location: Engelska parken - Eng2-1022
- Organiser: Department of Philosophy
- Contact person: Andreas Stokke
11.15-13.00 Julia Driver, Washington University, St. Louis: "Schadenfreude"
One typical definition of "schadenfreude" is: “a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people”. The word definitely picks out a distinctive moral emotion. In this paper I set out to do four things. My first aim in this paper is to provide an account of what schadenfreude is in such a way as to distinguish it from other moral emotions. The second is to come up with success or aptness conditions for schadenfreude, and the third is to address the question that has preoccupied most recent philosophcial literature on schadenfreude, "is it morally bad in some way to feel it?". My answer to the later question is "it depends," but it depends on what position one takes on a substantive philosophical issue -- is a person's misfortune something that is always intrinsically bad? Lastly, I attempt to sketch a view in which moral emotions like schadenfreude can (but need not) can be more or less reasonable on the basis of coherence with other warranted emotions.
14.15-16.00 Roy Sorensen, Washington University, St. Louis: "Perpetual News Proved a priori!"
Epistemologists neglect news, some by oversight, others on principle. To counter this combination of inattention and skepticism, I present a pair of a priori arguments. The first demonstrates that news never ends. The second demonstrates that news exist. Together they prove there will always be news. The demonstration brings out the special role of news in guiding action. Unlike information favored by the Eleatic philosophers and contemporary physicists, news is tensed. This forces them to translate the content into a format that strips away modes of presentation key to action. The centrality of tense makes this translation project self-defeating.
The format for Sorensen's talk is pre-read. Manuscript will be circulated by the organizer via e-mail.