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IUSL Interdisciplinary Networking Seminars

  • Date
    Thu, Mar 14

    Time
    3:00 PM

    Website
    http://www.1.ccny.cuny.edu/ci/iusl

    Address
    Marshak
    City College of New York
    160 Convent Avenue

    Location
    Marshak, 418 N

    p: 212.650.5531

    Admission
    Free

  • Event Details

    Zone morality blurb

    Professor David Weissman
    Department of Philosophy

    Traditional moral theory usually has either of two emphasizes:  virtuous moral character or principles for distributing duties or goods.   Zone morality introduces a third point of reference.

    Families, teams, schools, businesses, religious communities:  each is a complex--a system--created and stabilized by the reciprocal causal relations of its members.  These relations embody a system's moral code: meaning, the expectations, rights, and duties of its members.  Each system has a different code; members relate to one another in its terms.  There is no satisfying resolution if principles generalized from the moral codes of particular systems have parity in the public space. 

    Weissman shall discuss three points: i. the moral economy of social systems; ii. Historical reasons for the neglect of zone morality; iii. Conspicuous evidence that zone morality has decisive implications for social regulation and political practice.
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