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February 24, 2020: Luca Barlassina: Beyond Good and Bad

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Seminars of Philosophy of Perception, Mind, and Language

Luca Barlassina (University of Sheffield)

Beyond Good and Bad

February 24, 2020, h. 12:30-14:30

Seminars Room, Department of Philosophy, via Festa del Perdono, 7, Milano


Evaluativism (Carruthers 2018) and reflexive imperativism (Barlassina and Hayward 2019) agree that valence—the (un)pleasantness of experiences—is a natural kind shared across all affective states. But they disagree about what valence is. For evaluativism, an experience is pleasant/unpleasant in virtue of representing its worldly object as good/bad; for reflexive imperativism, an experience is pleasant/unpleasant in virtue of commanding its subject to get more/less of itself. I argue that reflexive imperativism is superior to evaluativism according to Carruthers’s own standards. He maintains that a theory of valence should account for its phenomenology and role in imagination-based decision-making. I show that it is reflexive imperativism, rather than evaluativism, that fits this explanatory bill.

Participation is strongly recommended to students of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences.

Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

24 February 2020
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