January 31, 2014 | Fourth Annual Jurisprudence Lecture - London. Thomas Pink on 'Law and the Normativity of Obligation'.
Chair: Prof. Georgios Pavlakos (Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, University of Antwerp)
Obligations or duties seem to direct us to do what is obligatory - and to do so in an especially demanding way. But what does this direction involve, how is it demanding, and how do we respond to it? The problem occurs in morality itself, in moral obligation, and in positive law, in legal obligation. We might seek to understand duties or obligations as kinds of reason in some especially directive form. But such an approach is misguided. Obligations are so distinctive because they do not simply address a capacity on our part to respond to reasons. To understand obligation we need to take seriously David Hume's very different project - that of explaining normativity, the normativity of obligation included, other than in terms of reason.
Professor Thomas Pink is a Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at King's College London.
Clement House, Room 6.02, London School of Economics, Aldwych
A reception will follow after the lecture in the Senior Common Room in the Old Building.
by 17th January 2014
Tel: 01865 517530