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Philosophy Colloquia, Spring 2021


Feb. 19: 4:00-5:30pm: David Chalmers (NYU), “Consciousness and Moral Status”

Abstract: Under what conditions does a creature matter morally? Do only conscious beings matter? If so, what sort of consciousness is required? The popular "sentientist" view holds that the capacity for positively and negatively valenced experiences, such as pleasure and suffering, is required for moral status. I'll investigate this matter using some thought experiments involving zombies, Vulcans, and trolley problems.

This talk will be held on Zoom—contact Karen Kovaka ( for further information.