Philosophy professor to discuss ethics on May 10

UCR philosophy professor Eric Schwitzgebel will give a lecture entitled, “Living Up to Our Own Norms,” on Tuesday, May 10 in HUB 265 at 1 p.m. The discussion will discuss whether professional ethicists — who are entrusted to uphold social norms — are any more ethical than the average person who is not an ethicist.

Schwitzgebel has been a professor at UCR for 19 years and is the author of “Perplexities of Consciousness” written in 2011 and co-author of “Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic,” which was written in 2007. The academic focuses primarily on human consciousness, while retaining a secondary interest in Chinese philosophy.

“I will discuss why we might expect that professional ethicists would live up to ethical norms, or that they wouldn’t, and why we might think they ethically should or that they needn’t,” Schwitzgebel told UCR Today in a press release. “I will then present a range of empirical evidence about how professional ethicists really do behave.”

The lecture will be free and open to the public.



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