A New Metaphysics of Morals
Prof Brian Ellis (La Trobe University)

August 6, 2014, 9:00am - 10:00am
Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies, La Trobe University

Politics Common Room (SS 324)
Social Sciences Building
La Trobe University, Bundoora VIC 3083

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A New Metaphysics of Morals

Brian Ellis

The paper develops a post-Kantian foundation for moral and political theory, which is based on a concept of what is ideally desirable rather than on what is ideally rational. As a political philosophy, it defines a true middle ground, which is a kind of welfare state. As a moral philosophy, it grounds the modern socially democratic charters of human rights and entitlements. It is the kind of philosophy required for a state based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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