John Haldane Lecture

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Fromm Hall 110 - Maier Room
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Please join the Philosophy Department for a colloquium with:

John Haldane

Ethical Naturalism Revisited

Wednesday, Nov. 20 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Fromm Hall, Maier Room

20th Century analytical moral philosophy has been shaped, not always knowingly, by two works of Cambridge philosophers of the Victorian and Edwardian periods. These were creative writings but their legacy is problematic, as they introduced, or made central distinctions that were not hitherto accepted. Against the resulting trends run periodic attempts to revive Aristotelian ethics but these have struggled against the assumptions introduced by the Cambridge school. The aim will be to identify these innovations, trends and counter-efforts with a view to getting clearer about the challenges facing and the resources to meet them contained within ethical naturalism.

John Haldane is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs in the University of St Andrews. He is also currently Senior Remick Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Culture in the University of Notre Dame, and has previously held fellowships at the Universities of Edinburgh,Oxford and Pittsburgh. He is widely published in several areas of philosophy and has also held several prominent endowed lectureships including the Gifford (Aberdeen) and the Stanton (Cambridge). He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Chairman of the Royal Institute of Philosophy (London) and Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture (Vatican). His publications include Atheism and Theism (with J.J. Smart), Faithful Reason, Reasonable Faith, and Practical Philosophy.

This event is sponsored by generosity of the Mortimer Fleishhacker Fund for Philosophy at USF.

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