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Karsten Stueber: Polarizing Disagreements

Philosophical and Psychological Reflections on a Political Conundrum

October 1, 2021

The seemingly irreconcilable differences tearing apart our political institutions have become a popular topic for philosophers to ponder. Karsten Stueber, professor of philosophy at Holy Cross, suggests that the current political conundrum is best approached from the perspective of moral philosophy and moral psychology, rather than as an epistemic problem. From that perspective, humans are to be viewed first and foremost as moralizing animals rather than moral agents. Moreover, new technologies such as social media undermine rules put in place to regulate our at times detrimental moralizing impulses. Whether or not our democracy will survive will depend to a large extent on our ability to rebuild and rethink such regulations.

Karsten Stueber

Professor Stueber is well-known internationally for his scholarship on empathy and has widely published in the areas of philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, the philosophy of the social sciences, and meta-ethics. He is co-editor of Ethical Sentimentalism: New Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and author of Rediscovering Empathy: Agency, Folk, Psychology and the Human Sciences (A Bradford Book, 2010).

Part of the Department of Philosophy Colloquia Series and co-sponsored with the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.