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

On Informed Consent

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Monday 9 February, 6.30 – 8pm
New Theatre, East Building, LSE

Onora O’Neill|, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge. She is also the current Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and a crossbench member of the House of Lords
Jonathan Wolff|, Professor of Philosophy, University College London

Chair: Peter Dennis|, LSE Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

Informed consent is not the most fundamental ethical standard, but a means of securing respect for other, more basic standards or aims. It is neither possible nor required when public goods – such as sound currency or clean air – are to be provided. Where it is possible and can be required, as in transactions with individuals, it must be tailored to their cognitive capacities. Genuine, legitimating consent is demanding, and is not achieved by the ‘tick and click’ approaches used in many commercial transactions. 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEethicsmatters


On Civil Disobedience

Thursday 5 March, 6.30 – 8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE 

Kimberley Brownlee|, Associate Professor of Legal and Moral Philosophy, University of Warwick 

Chair: Nick Bunnin|, Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford  

Is it acceptable to use civil disobedience to protest against the law? Do we have a moral right, and sometimes a moral duty, to engage in civil disobedience? Should we be punished when we do so? In this lecture, Kimberley Brownlee will discuss the merits of this practice made famous by Thoreau, Gandhi, King, and Aung San Suu Kyi.
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