[csaa-forum] Philosophy Seminar: John Hadley

Charles Barbour C.Barbour at westernsydney.edu.au
Thu Mar 23 12:21:49 ACST 2017

Dear all,

Please join us for the second of this year's Philosophy Seminars, presented by Dr. John Hadley, WSU.

When: - Wednesday, March 29, 3:30-5:00
Where: Bankstown, Building 3.G.54

When pain is out of place

In this paper I present a critique of orthodox approaches to the badness of pain. I argue that both the sensation theory and the desire theory fail to cohere with a folk conception of concern for pain. The specific criticism is that both theories cannot account for the directedness and abidingness of folk concern. In addition, I present a relational theory that grounds the badness of pain in its impact on one's life narrative. Instead of analysing the impact of pain on a life narrative in terms of authorial autonomy, I draw upon Hume's concept of a competent judge: pain is relationally bad to the extent that a critic would judge it 'out of place'.

John Hadley is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. His research interests include animal ethics and liberal property rights theory. He is the author of Animal Property Rights: a Theory of Habitat Rights for Wild Animals (Lexington Books 2015) and co-editor, with Elisa Aaltola of Animal Rights and Philosophy: Questioning the Orthodoxy (Rowman and Littlefield International 2015).

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