Date：28th November, 2018
Venue: Meeting Room on the 1st floor of Faculty of Letters Main Bldg, Kyoto University (Building No.8)
Speaker: Asst. Prof. Nic Bommarito (University at Buffalo)
Title: On Understanding Evil
Abstract: People often find evil incomprehensible. When confronted with radical immorality we often say things like, “I just can’t understand how someone could do that.” I defend an explanation of why this can be morally virtuous. The nature of certain types of explanation make it impossible for those with certain moral commitments. When those moral commitments are good, a lack of understanding can reflect well on one’s moral character. This helps to distinguish this phenomenon from false friends like certain types of moral naivety, close mindedness, sanctimoniousness, and morally irrelevant types of understanding.