Department Colloquium: Professor David Chalmers

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David Chalmers
February 12, 2021
3:45PM - 5:45PM
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"Sentience and Moral Status"

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Add to Calendar 2021-02-12 15:45:00 2021-02-12 17:45:00 Department Colloquium: Professor David Chalmers "Sentience and Moral Status"   Under what conditions does a creature matter morally?  Do only conscious beings matter?  If so, what sort of consciousness is required? The popular "sentientist" view holds that the capacity for positively and negatively valenced experiences, such as pleasure and suffering, is required for moral status. I'll investigate this matter using some thought experiments involving zombies, Vulcans, and trolley problems. David Chalmers is a Professor of Philosophy at NYU. "Sentience and Moral Status" Department of Philosophy philosophy@osu.edu America/New_York public
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"Sentience and Moral Status"
 

Under what conditions does a creature matter morally?  Do only
conscious beings matter?  If so, what sort of consciousness is
required? The popular "sentientist" view holds that the capacity for
positively and negatively valenced experiences, such as pleasure and
suffering, is required for moral status. I'll investigate this matter
using some thought experiments involving zombies, Vulcans, and trolley
problems.

David Chalmers is a Professor of Philosophy at NYU.