Philosophy Colloquium: Being Appropriately Disgusted

Posted on 10/18/2013 10:00:55 AM

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that Brian Besong, a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at IUP, will give a talk entitled “Being Appropriately Disgusted” on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in Eberly 121.


Recent psychological research suggests that feelings of disgust play interesting roles in the formation of moral beliefs and in moral motivation. Yet, given the evolutionary history of disgust, it is legitimate to wonder whether these roles are justified. In this talk, I’ll sketch a positive account that accords disgust some appropriate role to play in ethics. In order to motivate my position, I’ll first consider and then reject Dan Kelly’s recent philosophical work on disgust, arguing that the positions he takes against the propriety of disgust’s role in ethics are problematic and should be abandoned in favor of the more moderate position I lay out.

Department of Philosophy