Philosophy challenges students to move beyond uncritical patterns of thought, to recognize problems, and to exchange a more naive world view for a more considered and justifiable one. In doing so, students learn to think in ways that are simultaneously both disciplined and imaginative.
The Titus-Hepp Lecture Series welcomes Ronald Sandler of Northeastern University presenting "A Defense of the Moral Status of Artifacts?"
It is a common view in applied ethics that artifacts – things created by us for our ends (e.g. computers, cars, water bottles, and pencils) – do not have direct moral status. They do not have interests that need to be consider when our actions or policies impact them, so we can treat them however we like. In this talk I discuss whether this view is reasonable and explore the possibility that we might have responsibilities to the artifacts that we create.
Complimentary refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Philosophy Department.