Full Description: The Titus Hepp Series welcomes Rachel Cohon presenting "Promises: Hume, Scanlon, and Voluntary Self-Obligation." Underlying their well-known disagreement about whether we need a social practice in order to make (binding) promises, David Hume and T. M. Scanlon have a deeper disagreement about promises. Surprisingly, Hume regards a voluntary act of self-obligation as essential to promising, while Scanlon does not; and (also surprisingly) Hume does not regard assuring the other person of what you will do as essential to promising, while of course Scanlon does. There are interesting reasons why Hume may have held these positions, and why they might be closer to the truth than Scanlon's. Professor Cohon received her PhD from U.C.L.A. Her fields of interest are ethics, the philosophy of action, and the history of ethics. She teaches graduate courses in moral theory, including such topics as consequentialism vs. deontology vs. virtue ethics, moral realism, the normativity of ethics, and eighteenth century moral philosophy.
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