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Faculty seminar on Prof. Stalnaker's book manuscript "Mastery, Dependance, and the Ethics of Authority"

This book argues that early Confucian thinkers connect authority, dependence, and autonomy in ways that have the potential to transform contemporary debates. They argue that humans do not automatically possess moral and personal autonomy, but must develop and exercise these achievements with others’ help. They see autonomy as analogous to performance skills, i.e., as a set of trained capacities that must be cultivated through deliberate practice, with others, under the guidance of family members and master practitioners/teachers. Confucians claim many forms of relational dependence of this sort are intrinsic to human life, not signs of weakness or vice. In dialogue with contemporary feminist thought and liberal political theory, the book reconstructs early Confucians' sophisticated normative social theory in order to reshape current ideas about virtue, relationships, and the proper aims of politics.

The book manuscript, including six of a planned seven chapters, will be pre-circulated to those who plan to participate.

Hosted by the GLOBAL AND COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO RELIGION, ETHICS, AND POLITICAL THEORY seminar

Start
Friday April 20, 2018 01:00 PM
End
Friday April 20, 2018 03:00 PM
Location
IU Bloomington, GA Building, Room 1106
Contact
Aaron Stalnaker
Contact Email
astalnak@indiana.edu
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