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22 marzo 2018: Ontoformat Seminar Double Session with C. Bagnoli & A. Borghini on "Special Powers"

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OntoForMat FIRB Project "Classical Paradigms and Theoretical Foundation in Contemporary Research in Formal and Material Ontology"

OMS: OntoforMat Metaphysical Seminar - Spring 2018

March 22, 2018: h 14:30-18:30

Double Session

h. 14:30-16:30 - Andrea Borghini (Università degli Studi di Milano): Special Powers - Part I

h 16:30-18:30- Carla Bagnoli (Università degli Studi di Modena): Special Powers - Part II


Sala Seminari Room, Cortile Ghiacciaia, Università degli Studi di Milano



In this paper, we consider the case in which actions change metaphysical and normative status because of the agent’s acquisition of special powers. By studying two different sorts of examples – kosher butchery and moral expertise – we contend that the shift in metaphysical and normative status of expert agency ultimately depends on the agent’s special powers; we call it “the special powers claim”, and we offer a tentative account of how such powers are conferred or generated. We then focus on the claim that special powers are conferred by membership in the community of experts, and we identify some issues that arise about the basis of this membership; we call this cluster of issues “the special powers problem”, and we focus especially on how we acquire and lose special status, which entitles to special powers. Finally, we discuss two objections to our account of special powers: dogmatism and unfairness.


Le conferenze si terranno in inglese

La partecipazione alla conferenza è fortemente consigliata agli allievi della Scuola di Dottorato in Filosofia e Scienze dell’Uomo.

Tutti gli interessati sono invitati a partecipare.

Per ulteriori informazioni: valerio.buonomo@unimi.it

Organization committee: Valerio Buonomo, Paolo Valore

22 marzo 2018
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