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2024 Climate Lecture presents Prof. Sukaina Hirji (U Penn)

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 03:00pm - 05:00pm

Moral Worth Under Oppression

Dr. Sukaina Hirji is currently an assistant professor in the philosophy department of the University of Pennsylvania, distinguished for her teaching. Her work includes research on normative ethics, moral psychology, and Ancient Greek philosophy.

Moral philosophers tend to distinguish the question of whether an agent did the right thing from the question of whether an agent deserves praise or credit for doing the right thing. It is typically thought that in order for an agent to be creditworthy for doing the right things—in order for their action to have “moral worth”—the agent must have performed the action non-accidentally for the right reasons. In this talk, I argue that for members of oppressed groups, doing the right things for the right reasons is often not sufficient for their actions to have full moral worth. This raises questions on how oppressive conditions constrain moral agency and how that, in turn, should change the ways we think about praise and blame, questions that have far-reaching consequences for the moral worth of actions of both oppressed and non-appressed groups alike.

Location Philosophy Department Seminar Room
106 Somerset St. 5th FL, New Brunswick. NJ 08901