Royal Institute of Philosophy Stapledon Colloquium 2017-18: Dr Ryan Byerly (University of Sheffield) - "Others-Centerdness as a Moral Ideal"

Start time: 15:00 / End time: 17:00 / Date: 12 Mar 0008 / Venue: School of the Arts Library - University of Liverpool 19-23 Abercromby Square, 1st floor

Open to: Students in host dept/school/institute/centre / Staff in host dept/school/institute/centre / Students from same Faculty as host dept/school/institute/centre / Staff from same Faculty as host dept/school/institute/centre / Students within this Faculty / Staff within this Faculty / Specific UOL Students (for details see 'Suitable For') / Specific UOL Staff (for details see 'Suitable For') / Students from other HEIs / Staff from other HEIs/research institutions / Any potential undergraduate students / Business/industry / General Public

Type: Seminar

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information contact Professor Thomas Schramme - Department of Philosophy, University of LIverpool at


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Dr Ryan Byerly (University of Sheffield) - "Others-Centerdness as a Moral Ideal"

In this paper, I offer a definition of the character trait of others-centeredness, discuss the relationship of others-centeredness to other phenomena discussed in contemporary virtue theory and contemporary psychology, and identify resources for defending the value of others-centeredness from multiple normative perspectives. According to the proposed definition, others-centeredness is a tendency to treat those interests that would be impacted by one’s potential acts as providing greater reason for action given that they are others’ than given that they are one’s own. So understood, others-centeredness shares certain features in common with traits identified with humility, generosity, or love by contemporary virtue theorists, and it also resembles hypo-egoic, communal, and self-sacrificial constructs that have been the subject of psychological study. Yet, it is not identical to any of these phenomena. Moreover, a provisional case for its positive value can be made using resources available to adherents of consequentialist, deontological, and virtue ethical approaches to normative ethics. As such, it promises to be a fruitful object of interdisciplinary study.

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