Lecture: The Semiotics of Stance in Everyday Ethics


Location: Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

The propensity for evaluation saturates everyday life, but cannot be fully captured by the dictates of explicit moral precepts. Nor can ordinary ethics be reduced to psychological foundations, although it draws on their affordances. This talk by Webb Keane, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, looks at one crucial site for the emergence of ethics, in social interaction. For it is in social interaction that people are summoned to account for themselves to one another. In the process, the affordances of first person experience and the third person perspective of morality systems are brought into articulation.

Free and open to the public. Light reception following.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing and the Department of Anthropology.

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