in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy Forum: Empathic Hedonists Escape Moral Twin Earth

Dr. Neil Sinhababu

National University of Singapore

December 1st at 4:00-5:30 in Bryant Hall 200

“Empathic Hedonists Escape Moral Twin Earth”

“In Moral Twin Earth cases, humans meet aliens and disagree with them about moral questions. The causal theory of reference often used by naturalistic moral realists entails that such disagreement is impossible. To avoid this unwelcome result, I replace the causal theory with an empathic theory of representation, combining it with an experientialist analysis of moral concepts on which they apply to whatever moral feelings represent. This new semantic theory permits disagreement in Moral Twin Earth cases and entails ethical hedonism.”


The format of this event will be a workshop of Dr. Sinhababu’s paper.  Requests for an advance copy of the paper can be directed to Dr. Donovan Wishon (  More information about future UM Philosophy Forum events can be found on the department calendar at