Normativity of the Gift: The Art of Forgiving
Miranda Fricker (CUNY Graduate Center)

June 1, 2022, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Department of Philosophy, University College London

Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre
25 Gordon Street
London WC1H 0AY
United Kingdom

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Lecture # 3 of 3 in the 2022 Shearman Lecture Series.The title of the series is Blaming and Forgiving: Genealogical Explorations."What are the advantages of taking up a genealogical perspective on a practice? I home in on genealogy’s ability to direct attention to how the practice is contingently performed in time, social space, and power. Employing the particular genealogical approach I call paradigm-based explanation, the practices on which I focus are our moral practices of blaming and forgiving. I offer an explicitly normative model of their interlocking proper functions; but one that equally directs attention to their inherent tendency for corrupted dysfunction. From the front row we can be seen as moral protagonists, spontaneously exerting interpersonal moral influence, properly or otherwise, in the drama of our responses to wrongdoing. Seen from the gods what comes into view is that the proper denouement of our exertions is the achievement of shared moral understandings."


MIRANDA FRICKER is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY and Honorary Research Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her research is primarily in Ethics and Social Epistemology with a special interest in virtue and feminist perspectives. She is the author of Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (Oxford, 2007); co-author and editor of Reading Ethics (Wiley 2009); and co-editor of a number of collections, the most recent of which is The Routledge Handbook of Social Epistemology (2019). She is a Fellow of the British Academy; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and President of the American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division) 2022-23.

THE SHEARMAN LECTURES have been hosted by the UCL Philosophy Department since 1938. The series is funded by a bequest of Arthur Thomas Shearman - a philosopher and historian of logic, who taught at UCL from 1911-15. Previous Shearman Lecturers include Bertrand Russell, Erwin Schrodinger, W. V. O. Quine, Karl Popper, Noam Chomsky, Thomas Kuhn, Donald Davidson, Amartya Sen, Derek Parfit, Harry Frankfurt, and Judith Jarvis Thomson.

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