November 17, 2013 · 2:00 PM
47 East 88th Street
PhD candidate Henry Shevlin will facilitate this meeting.
Issue to consider: if loyalty is a defining aspect of good character and a good life (as most people hold), then what are its limits?
Optional readings and audiocasts
The SEP (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) entry on "Loyalty."
"The Myth of Universal Love" is a 4-page opinion piece from The Stone, a New York Times series that "features the writing of contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless." This piece deals with the ethics of loyalty and the question of how far we can or should expand our "circle of care" to people beyond our immediate friends and family. Should we allow love, loyalty, gratitude and empathy to bias our moral actions and preferences towards our family and friends? Or should we be impartial and fair, treating all people the same?
The Philosophy Talk radio show has an episode on "Loyalty." It's a 50-minute audio program on the nature of, and ethics of, Loyalty. You can subscribe (free) at their website for all upcoming episodes, or you can stream or download this (or any) episode to your computer or iPod/mp3 player for a mere $1.99. This week, the two hosts, Stanford philosophers John Perry and Ken Taylor, interview and debate with Philosophy Professor Troy Jollimore, author of a book on the philosophy of loyalty.