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Richard Kraut /Tanner Discussion Two
The Tanner Lectures consist of two lectures, each followed by a distinct discussion seminar.
This year's Tanner Lectures are given by Richard Kraut, Charles and Emma Morrison Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University.
Discussion Two focuses on the second lecture
Lecture Two: Virtue and Experience
Thursday, April 20 5:30-7pm
Abstract: In this lecture Kraut proposes an answer to the question, “What is the
good in being a good human being?” His answer adverts to the inner life of such a
person without claiming (as Plato and Aristotle did) that evil people suffer for their
evil. He considers Kant’s view that arguments from self-interest are irrelevant or
worse. The rest of the lecture turns to a detailed examination of Nozick’s thought
experiment, and an examination of some other familiar objections to experientialism
(as a thesis about well-being): the disvalue of false friends and the possibility
of posthumous goods and harms. Finally, he addresses the problem of social isolation
raised by the experience machine: "I do not want to be the only mind there is."
Discussion Two commentators are:
Stephen Darwall, Yale Philosophy
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Author
Lecture One: The Richness of Human Experience
Wednesday, April 19 5:30-7pm
Thursday, April 20 10am-12pm
Rachel Barney, University of Toronto, Classics and Philosophy
Tom Hurka, University of Toronto, Philosophy
Read all participant bios here.