Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Moral Luck and Normativity

Yujian Zheng.


The notion of “normativity” becomes increasingly important in contemporary philosophy, from moral & political philosophy to aesthetics, action theory, and philosophy of mind & language. And there are multi dimensions or levels of normativity which allow different approaches or perspectives to reveal its hidden as well as obvious roles. This paper chooses a particular yet ubiquitous phenomenon in human life, i.e., moral luck, as an object of analysis aiming to reveal its connection to a certain deep sense of normativity which, non-accidentally, also figures in many of our related conceptions about justice, equality, desert, blameworthiness, guilt, responsibility, autonomy, etc. My focus, therefore, is not on any comprehensive description of luck-related phenomena, not even their moral significance, but rather on a more general underlying pattern of human cognition and its disposition to commit itself to certain non-arbitrary norms. In particular, I shall appeal to, among other resources, some recent works of D. Dennett and try to put them in a larger picture of various contemporary approaches to the theme of normativity

Presenters

Yujian Zheng  (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
Associate Prof. in Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
Lingnan University


Keywords
  • Luck
  • Normativity
  • Dennett



(30 min. Conference Paper, English)