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Alice Crary on the Importance of Being Human and the Role of Literature in Moral Reasoning @ Brooklyn Public Philosophers, Monday 11/3

Nov 3, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

| Free

On Monday November 3rd, Alice Crary (New School) will be joining Brooklyn Public Philosophers to share her work on the moral importance of humanity, intellectual disability, and the role of literature in moral reasoning. Here’s a bit more about the talk, in Dr. Crary’s own words:

Merely being human matters. That is the thesis of this presentation. Defending it is an urgent task. Today a fair number of philosophers whose influence extends well beyond professional philosophy are openly hostile to the idea that bare humanity is morally important. These philosophers tend to impugn the moral standing of, above all, intellectually disabled human beings. One of my aims to show that, far from being less fit objects of moral concern, individuals with intellectual disabilities place special demands on us for attention and solicitude. More generally, I hope to show that the sheer fact of being human is relevant to moral thought. Part of what distinguishes my argument is that its methods are not ethically neutral. I draw on a selection of ethically saturated literary works and memoirs that contain treatments not only of intellectually disabled human beings but also of human corpses, and I claim that this non-neutral manner of proceeding is consistent with respect for the rational authority of ethics.

Please invite other human beings! As usual, we meet at 7:00 P.M. in the Info Commons Lab at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Hope to see you there!


Nov 3, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Brooklyn Public Philosophers


Brooklyn Public Library, Info Commons Lab
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States