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Oct. 11: Michael Fuerstein Philosophy Lecture

Lecture is in Morris Hall, Room 103.

2018-10-12
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 9-28-2018

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Philosophy welcomes students, faculty, and other members of the campus community to attend an upcoming lecture by Michael Fuerstein titled “Moral Revolutions.” The lecture will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Morris Hall 103. Refreshments will be served.

The Department of Philosophy provided the following preview from Fuerstein about his presentation:

Moral revolutions are cases of significant change in the social distribution of beliefs on matters of fundamental moral concern. The hallmark of moral revolutions is that they reorient the fabric of our social relationships in ways that change our identity, along with our moral feelings and attitudes towards members of other social groups. Standout cases in American history include the civil rights movement, the participation of women in the labor force and, most recently, the extension of marital and other rights to same-sex couples. Moral revolutions present a challenge to the ideal of moral rationality, both because they depend on affective shifts among the population and because they typically depend on inter-generational transitions in sensibilities. In this paper, I offer a conception of social rationality that enables us to model moral revolutions, and argue that one of democracy’s core values lies in its capacity to support this kind of rationality.

Fuerstein is associate professor of philosophy and director of the Public Affairs Conversation at St. Olaf College.

For more information, contact Joshua Preiss, associate professor of philosophy and co-director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-5514, or visit the Department of Philosophy website.

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