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24 febbraio 2020: Luca Barlassina: Beyond good and bad

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Seminars of Philosophy of Perception, Mind, and Language

Luca Barlassina (University of Sheffield)

Beyond good and bad


24 febbraio 2020, h. 12:30-14:30

Sala Seminari, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Via Festa del Perdono, 7, Milano.


Abstract

Evaluativism (Carruthers 2018) and reflexive imperativism (Barlassina and Hayward 2019) agree that valence—the (un)pleasantness of experiences—is a natural kind shared across all affective states. But they disagree about what valence is. For evaluativism, an experience is pleasant/unpleasant in virtue of representing its worldly object as good/bad; for reflexive imperativism, an experience is pleasant/unpleasant in virtue of commanding its subject to get more/less of itself. I argue that reflexive imperativism is superior to evaluativism according to Carruthers’s own standards. He maintains that a theory of valence should account for its phenomenology and role in imagination-based decision-making. I show that it is reflexive imperativism, rather than evaluativism, that fits this explanatory bill.


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