"Accommodation to Injustice"

Join us for the Roger W. Holmes Lecture, featuring Berislav Marušić from Brandeis University who explores the question, "how can accommodation to injustice be appropriate if the injustice remains unchanged". Reception following lecture.

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

Suppose we have suffered or witnessed an injustice. Often we will respond with anger or indignation and perhaps with other emotions, such as grief, resentment or horror. And it seems that this is how it should be: the injustice is the reason for our emotional response.

However, it is a striking fact that our anger, indignation or horror will diminish over time, often fairly quickly, even if the injustice persists.

We accommodate ourselves to the injustice. Indeed, this may even seem appropriate; it is often wrong to dwell on a wrong. But how could accommodation be appropriate if the injustice remains unchanged? —I argue that this poses an insurmountable problem for our understanding not only of our emotional response to injustice but even of some of our moral judgments.

Berislav Marušić

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Brandeis University

Berislav Marušić received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007, and his A.B. from Harvard University in 2001. His main research interests lie at the intersection of epistemology, ethics and the philosophy of mind. He is also interested in the nature of reasons and emotions, the philosophy of perception, existentialism and the history of modern philosophy.