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Departmental Colloquium, 2019/2020

Colloquia take place from 4.15pm to 6:00pm in OC1.07 (Oculus Building) unless otherwise indicated. For further information, please contact Naomi Eilan ( or Barnaby Walker ( Details of previous years’ colloquia can be found here.

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Philosophy Department Colloquium

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Location: MS Teams

Guest Speaker: Paulina Sliwa (Cambridge)

Title: "Hermeneutical Advice”

Sometimes we rely on moral testimony to decide what to do. But we also rely on moral testimony for guidance on what to make of a moral situation: how to make sense of it. Such moral testimony has the power to change both hearts and minds; it can affect not just what its recipient knows but also how she feels about her situation. My aim in this paper is to develop an account of this kind of moral testimony – hermeneutical advice – and draw out its implications for the ethics and epistemology of moral testimony, as well as about the nature of moral expertise.

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