Book

Symposium

May ?, 2022

Time

Location: Zoom

Ethics, Emotion, Education, and Empowerment

Lisa Kretz

Abstract: Universities teach courses in ethics, but do they teach students how to be ethical in practice? Lisa Kretz’s Ethics, Emotion, Education, and Empowerment explores the ways that philosophical ethics are currently taught and argues that dominant approaches fail to adequately support ethical action, in part because emotions are all too often ignored or repressed in university classrooms. In isolation, abstract theoretical content fails to motivate. The ability to reason through an ethical dilemma does not, by itself, of necessity impact ethical action. Empowered action requires intentional emotional engagement. Kretz argues that part of the reason affective pedagogy fails to get sufficient uptake is due to the operations of oppression. There is a long history of the reason-emotion dualism undermining recognition of the necessary and valuable epistemic roles emotions play in moral life, and serving as a political tactic to undermine the experience of oppressed groups. This impoverishes ethical pedagogy because it is to the detriment of their ability to teach ethics in a comprehensive way and strips the potential of supporting students to enact their own reflectively held ethical beliefs and values. Using the example of the environmental crisis, Kretz makes a case for supporting students as engaged activists aware of their capacity to ethically change the world.
Book Symposium Schedule:
Chair: Cecilea Mun (University of Louisville, KY)
00:00 – 00:10: Book Synopsis, Lisa Kretz (University of Evansville, IN)
00:10 – 00:25: First Commentary, Melissa Burchard (University of North Carolina, Asheville)
00:25 – 00:40: Second Commentary, Mercy Corredor (University of Michigan)
00:40 – 00:55: Third Commentary, Eric MacTaggart (University of Illinois at Chicago)
00:55 – 01:10: Fourth Commentary, Jose Victor Orón (SLAM University and UpToYou Foundation)
01:10 – 01:25: Fifth Commentary, Elizabeth Whiting Pierce (Wake Forest University, NC)
01:25 – 01:30: Short Break
01:30 – 02:00: Author’s Response, Lisa Kretz (University of Evansville, IN)
02:00 – 03:00: Audience Questions for Author and Panel of Commentators Note to Critics: Please note that the order of presenters may change depending on the comments that will be submitted, which should be emailed to all the participants (just so we’re all on the same page) by March 31, 2021 using the group email thread set-up by Cecilea. We also ask that you submit the final drafts of your comments to the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion, to be peer reviewed and published as a part of a book symposium in the 2022 summer or winter issue, no later than June 31, 2022. Your symposium paper should be approximately 3,000 words. Finally, please let Cecilea know if you will need a copy of Lisa's book. She will be contacting the publisher to request review copies. Note to Author: We ask that you submit your response to your commentators to all the participants (just so we’re all on the same page) by April 30, 2022 using the group email thread set-up by Cecilea. We also ask that you submit the final drafts of your précis and response to the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion, to be peer reviewed and published as a part of a book symposium in the 2022 summer or winter issue, no later than June 30, 2022. Your symposium précis should be between 1,500-3,000 words, and we will leave it to you to determine the length of your response. Note to Presenters: You should make sure that you are a member of the SPE at the time of the symposium.