For those of you that weren’t lucky enough to be in Sydney last week for the workshop on Norms and Analysis, here’s the blogged summary. Well, since I’m not familiar enough with issues in metaethics to give actually insightful commentary on the talks, I’ll just post the Limerick-form summaries written by Rachael Briggs after each talk, and refer you to the abstracts in the link above.
Between sentiment and conviction
There really is no contradiction.
To make you agree with me,
I’ll call on the deity
And other examples from fiction.
The things consequentialists teach
Can really be drawn out of Geach.
About my conclusion
There’s little confusion.*
(The premise, I grant, is a reach.)
- Not none.
Identity matters a lot, so
All persons endure. Objects? Not so.
No kidding! (You might not have thought so.)
I wonder, can any mere mortal
Survive through a teletransportal?
I’m sure that this fact
And my norms interact,
But is ‘person’ sincerely a sortal?
Al Gibbard’s position on norms
Is something to which Daniel warms,
But his worry’s intense
When he tries to make sense
Of particular argument forms.
Our standpoints may clash, but the two
Are equal from God’s point of view.
My claim that no one
Should kill kittens for fun
Is lower-case true, but not True.
There’s only one logical space.
It isn’t coherent to base
All one’s intuitions
On bogus partitions
With no real distinctions to trace.
David Bradon-Mitchell and Caroline West
At t, I will be a nonentity
With plans and desires that went to t.
Though I won’t survive,
It’s fine if I strive
For future goods. Who needs identity?
Some evidence works when you learn it,
But still is misleading—so spurn it.
You needn’t be drunk
To be swayed by such junk.
Don’t open that envelope! Burn it!
You might have thought all things affective
Were brute (or at least were elective),
But Railton inquires
And finds that desires
Are subject to reason’s directive.