IUSL Interdisciplinary Networking Seminars
Thu, Mar 14
MarshakCity College of New York160 Convent Avenue
Marshak, 418 N
Zone morality blurbTraditional 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.
Professor David Weissman
Department of Philosophy
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.