The Ethical Behavior of Ethicists

Leading ethicist Eric Schwitzgebel to give free public talk at UC Riverside on May 10

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Do professional ethicists live up to ethical norms any more than people who do not make a living out of teaching ethics? Despite a long philosophical tradition associating philosophical reflection with improved moral behavior, this question has never been empirically examined.

Renowned professional ethicist Eric Schwitzgebel, a leading authority on the moral behavior of professional ethicists, will give a free public lecture on Tuesday, May 10, at the University of California, Riverside to address the question.

Titled “Living Up to Our Own Norms? The Ethical Behavior of Ethicists,” the hour-long talk will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 265, the Highlander Union Building.

“I will discuss why we might expect that professional ethicists would live up to ethical norms, or that they wouldn’t, and why we might think they ethically should or that they needn’t,” said Schwitzgebel, a professor of philosophy at UC Riverside since 1997. “I will then present a range of empirical evidence about how professional ethicists really do behave.”

Schwitzgebel works on the nature of attitudes, on self-knowledge, and the relationship between intellectual moral reflection and real-world moral behavior. Some of his views on the moral behavior of ethics professors can be found here; a podcast can be found here. He hosts one of the top philosophy blogs; to read his posts, click here. More about him can be accessed here.

Most of Schwitzgebel’s research explores connections between empirical psychology and philosophy of mind, especially the nature of belief, the inaccuracy of our judgments about our stream of conscious experience, and the tenuous relationship between philosophical ethics and actual moral behavior.

Well known for his work on consciousness, he is author of “Perplexities of Consciousness” (2011) and co-author of “Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic” (2007). He maintains a secondary interest in classical Chinese philosophy. He is the author/co-author of more than 50 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

No registration is needed to attend the talk. Seating is limited.  Light refreshments will be served.

Parking information can be found here. Short-term parking is available in some parking lots on campus; more information can be obtained from the attendant at this kiosk.

Schwitzgebel’s talk is the third in a new series of monthly seminars being offered by the Office of Research Integrity within the Office of Research and Economic Development at UCR.

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