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Philosopher Diana Heney on stage during her lecture at the Prindle Institute for Ethics
Diana Heney on the good life

Young Philosophers Lecture Series 2017

In this series, four early-career philosophers explore everything from the ethics of worrying about nuclear war to what makes a good life. Watch lectures and conversations with philosophers Diana Heney (Fordham University), Kenneth Boyd (University of Toronto), Christian Tarsney (University of Groningen) and Matthew Duncan (Rhode Island College).

What Four Philosophers Love about Philosophy (and What Gets on Their Nerves)

From awesome beards to answering big questions, four early-career philosophers share what they love about philosophy…and the parts of their discipline that bug them the most.

Diana Heney

Diana Heney likes thinking about the big questions about life. In her talk, “Birth, Death and the Inbetween” Diana grapples with one such big question: “What does a good life look like?”

Kenneth Boyd

Kenneth Boyd wants to help us understand the difficulties inherent in most moral disagreements. In his talk, “How Can I Convince You That You Should Care About Other People,” Kenneth argues that part of the difficulty with moral disagreements is that while other types of disagreements can be resolved by sharing and acquiring knowledge, moral disagreements require that we share and acquire understanding.

Christian Tarsney

Christian Tarsney wants us to think more carefully about the big, unlikely risks we all face. In his 2017 Young Philosophers Lecture Series talk, “The Ethics of Low-Probability Risks,” Christian argues that ordinary morality is dangerously neglectful of low-probability risks.

Matthew Duncan

You know all sorts of things. Some of your knowledge is easy to characterize. But there are some kinds of knowledge that are harder to talk about. In his talk, “How We Know Things,” Matthew Duncan explores some alternative ways to understand some of our most perplexing, and yet valuable, knowledge.

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