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The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series presents

Nigel DeSouza (Ottawa)

“Pre-reflective ethical know-how”

THURSDAY, October 26th, 2017

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

“Pre-reflective ethical know-how” is the central concept in my research project into how human beings become ethical agents. It was developed through a critical engagement with Hubert Dreyfus’ writings on the phenomenology of expertise as applied to ethics, in which he speaks of “everyday ongoing ethical coping” and “ethical expertise”. I contend that pre-reflective ethical know-how develops in individuals first and is proto-conceptual in nature, and that all later forms of ethical expertise, as well as our reflective ethical concepts, are dependent on it. I will aim to present this nascent project (aspects of which have been previously published) and where I am at now in my conception of it.


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