Ethics Matters

Not so long ago academic discussions of ethical matters were confined to the logic of the language of morals and the meaning of ethical statements. Events in this strand will put contemporary thinking in ethics to the test, and explore its practical relevance

Is Politics Based on Morality?

Monday 27 April, 6.30 – 8pm
New Theatre, East Building, LSE

Fabienne Peter|, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick
Catherine Rowett|, Professor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia and Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for South Norfolk
Stephen de Wijze|, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Manchester

Chair: Geoffrey Hawthorn|, Emeritus Professor of International Politics and Emeritus Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

Is politics the instrument of moral ideals and values? Is it something like ‘applied morality’? In recent years there has been a revival of approaches which give greater autonomy to distinctively political thought, which can be called ‘political realism’, in contrast to ‘political moralism’. The panel discussion will explore this contrast, and ask whether political legitimacy is ultimately a question of one's moral conception. 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEmorality