Ethics Reading Group

Ethics Reading Party

The SU22 reading party is a series of social events for students interested in normative ethics, metaethics, moral psychology, and related topics. Participants will focus on just one paper at each meeting. Volunteers are invited to lead discussion, and, ideally, to provide a handout with argument reconstructions and discussion questions.

For further details, questions, or adjustments to scheduling of events, please contact organizer Yahui Chen.

  • Times: Tentatively, the group will meet on Sundays from 5:30pm–7:00pm beginning May 22nd 2022 and ending July 10th 2022. (The exception will be June 26th; participants will regroup the weekend thereafter.)
  • Location: Initially, the first meeting will be held outside of the Library on the south campus quad as a picnic/potluck. Subsequent meetings are tbd—see below. The group may continue to meet outside on the quad or else at the CSULB library or may switch to a digital mode if that becomes better for all.

Summer 2022

Discussion Leader: Yahui Chen
Reading: Richmond Campbell (2007), ‘What is moral judgment?‘  •  5:30pm Sunday 22 May (potluck/picnic on the CSULB south campus quad; contact Yahui for suggestions/rsvp)

Discussion Leader: Yahui Chen
Reading: Bernard Williams (1981), ‘Utilitarianism and moral self-indulgence‘; Judith Jarvis Thomson (1997), ‘The right and the good  •  5:30pm Sunday 29 May (will meet at the tables in front of the Library for a potluck; Zoom is feasible as well)

Discussion Leader: Yahui Chen
Reading: Peter Railton (1984), ‘Alienation, consequentialism, and the demands of morality‘  •  5:30pm Sunday 05 June (meeting in front of the Library for a potluck; Zoom link for remote participants)

Discussion Leader: Yahui Chen
Reading: John McDowell (1979), ‘Virtue and reason‘  • 5:30pm Sunday 12 June (meeting will be on Zoom)

Discussion Leader: Yahui Chen
Reading: Christine Korsgaard (1989), ‘Kant’s analysis of obligation: the argument of Foundations I‘  •  5:30pm Sunday 19 June (meeting will be on Zoom)

Discussion Leader: Yahui Chen
Reading: Onora O’Neill (1989), ‘Reason and autonomy in Grundlegung III‘  •  5:30pm Sunday 03 July 26 June (Zoom link)

Discussion Leader: calling all Kantians!
Reading: Thomas Hill (1971), ‘Kant on imperfect duty and supererogation‘  •  5:30pm Sunday 10 July 03 July (Location TBA)

Discussion Leader: volunteers wanted
Reading: David Velleman (1999), ‘Love as a moral emotion‘  •  5:30pm Sunday 17 July 10 July (Location TBA)