Dissertation Defense Day

 Posted by on 17 June 2009 at 11:01 pm  Dissertation
Jun 172009

Later today — from noon to two in the afternoon, to be precise — I will be defending my philosophy dissertation before my committee (namely Michael Huemer, David Boonin, Chris Heathwood, Mitzi Lee, and Eric Claeys) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I’ll post an update on the outcome when I can.

In writing this dissertation on the problem of moral luck, I’ve come to dislike the phrase “good luck” when applied to a person’s voluntary performance of some deed, particularly when carefully planned and prepared in advance. Although the sentiment is fine, the actual words are wrong and unjust, I think. So what might be said instead? I have no grand proposals, but I’d be delighted to hear any supportive comments from my readers. My nerves are wound a bit tight right now.

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