Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Upcoming Spring Philosophy Lecture!

the Ashland University Department of Philosophy
in conjunction with the AU Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Tau
proudly sponsor the following lecture

Accountability Awry?
A Philosophical Diagnosis

     Dr. Michael Seifried
College of Wooster, OH
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 4-5 pm
Place: Schar Ronk Lecture Hall

Can we be accountable to shared standards without becoming miserable?  Attention to accountability has recently exploded not only in popular culture (e.g., the “common core”), but also in moral and political philosophy.  As a result, the philosophical connection between our mutual accountability and the quality of our lives has never been more important.  In this talk, Dr. Michael Seifried addresses this question and its animating concerns.  For good reason, he argues, a focus on accountability seems stifling and ultimately counterproductive.  Critics of the focus on accountability in moral and political philosophy, like critics in popular culture, are indeed onto something profoundly awry about our practices of accountability and how we talk about them.  Drawing on contemporary philosophy of science, classic works of German philosophy, and recent research in cognitive science, Seifried argues that the way we conceive of the shared “standards” that ground practices of accountability is the ultimate problem.  After presenting this diagnosis, Seifried explores an alternative theory of accountability and its prospects.

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