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Reza Hasidi – On What Could Be in Front of Your Nose

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to present Reza Hadisi on Friday, October 14, 2022, as part of the Concordia Philosophy Speaker Series.

Speaker: Reza Hadisi is Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on metanormative theories in epistemology and ethics. He is particularly interested in questions about the relationship between theoretical and practical knowledge, the nature of practical reason, and moral epistemology. Much of his work is informed by his interest in the history of philosophy, especially Kant and the medieval Islamic philosophers.

Time: Friday, October 14, 3 to 5 p.m. EST

Title: On What Could Be in Front of Your Nose

Location: Room LB-362, Webster Library, J.W. McConnell Building, 1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.


Abstract: What is the nature of practical reasoning? There is a storied debate which tries to answer this question by looking at the conclusion of practical reasoning. Here is Aristotle: “That the action is the conclusion is clear. But the premises of action are of two kinds, of the good and of the possible” (De Motu Animalium 7, 701a12-20; emphasis added). Following this, contemporary Aristotelians argue that practical reasoning is reasoning that concludes in action, while their opponents hold that it concludes, like theoretical reasoning, in an attitude, e.g., an intention.

In this talk, Reza Hadisi will reflect on the nature of the premises of practical reasoning instead. In particular, he will focus on the element of practical reasoning which, as Aristotle puts it, concerns “the possible,” i.e., the “minor premise.” He argues that the minor premise of practical reasoning cannot be a belief about means-ends relations (as often assumed) nor a perception of objects in the environment (as recently argued by Anton Ford). Rather, it must involve imagining how particular things in one’s environment could be in relation to one’s activities. At the end, he will discuss some implications of this result by drawing lessons from a theory of practical wisdom in the medieval Sufi tradition.

The lectures are free and open to all. The venues are wheelchair accessible.

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