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Obligation and Luck

Date & Time:
March 22, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
BI 561
Dr. Ishtiyaque Haji

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities is pleased to present a talk by Ishtiyaque Haji, Obligation and Luck

Wednesday 22 March 2017 | 3PM | Bio Science 561

Roughly, something is subject to luck if it is beyond our control. I first motivate the view that moral obligation requires alternative possibilities: nothing can be morally obligatory for one unless one could have done otherwise. I then exploit this result to outline different ways in which moral obligation is susceptible to luck.


Ishtiyaque Haji is professor of philosophy at the University of Calgary. He has research interests in ethical theory, philosophy of action, metaphysics, and philosophical psychology. He is the author of Moral Appraisability (1998), Deontic Morality and Control (2002), (with Stefaan Cuypers) Moral Responsibility, Authenticity, and Education (2008), Freedom and Value (2009), Incompatibilism’s Allure (2009), Reason’s Debt to Freedom (2012), and Luck’s Mischief (2016)

The lectures are free and open to the public. A reception will follow and all are welcome. 


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