Department of Philosophy

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THE GRAHAM KENNEDY MEMORIAL LECTURE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

WATSON HALL, ROOM 517 @ 4:00 p.m.

Cheryl Misak (University of Toronto)

Title:  “Ramsey’s Cognitivism:  Truth, Ethics and The Meaning of Life”

ABSTRACT:  Frank Ramsey, the brilliant Cambridge philosopher and economist, is usually taken to be an emotivist or an expressivist about the good. He is usually taken to bifurcate inquiry into fact-stating and non-fact stating domains, ethics falling into the latter. Ethical beliefs are mere expressions of emotion, and do not fall under our cognitive scope. In this lecture, it will be argued that whatever the very young Ramsey’s view might have been, towards the end of his short life, he was coming to a through-going cognitivist pragmatism about all our beliefs, including those about the good, beauty, and even the meaning of life. They too can be assessed as rational or irrational, true or false.

EVERYONE WELCOME

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