Ethics Matters Past Events

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.

Ethics Matters in Financial Theory

Tuesday 13 May 2014, 6.30 – 8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE   



  Christian Walter|, Associate Professor of Finance, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Ethics and Finance Chair, Collège d'études mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme  




Jean-Pierre Zigrand|, Associate Professor of Finance, LSE and Director of the Systemic Risk Centre, LSE  



Chair: Alex Voorhoeve| , Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE

Is financial management a question of mathematics or a question of ethics? Are the tools of financial modelling ethically neutral? Christian Walter argued that in the context of finance any preference in mathematics is also a preference in ethics and discussed his ideas with financial economist Jean- Pierre Zigrand and philosopher Alex Voorhoeve.


Ethics Matters in War

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Thursday 13 February 2014, 6.30-8pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE    


Cecile Fabre|
, Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Oxford  





Jeff McMahan|, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University  


Chair: Gabriel Wollner|, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow  

The 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War I reminds us of the importance of ethics in war. Under what conditions may states wage war on each other? And what are the moral principles governing the conduct of war? Cecile Fabre and Jeff McMahan argued that traditional answers to these questions fail to convince: Traditional just war theory stands in need of revision and the role of ethics in war needs to be reconsidered. 


The Ethics of 'Nudge'

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Monday 27 January 2014, 6.30 – 8pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE    


George Loewenstein|, Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University 




Samuel Nguyen|, Senior Economist, Behavioural Insights Team, Cabinet Office 



Drazen Prelec|, Professor of Management Science and Economics, Sloan School of Management, MIT  



Chair: Luc Bovens|, Professor of Philosophy, LSE

Better decisions versus autonomous choices: Should policy makers try to influence people’s behaviour using techniques from the behavioural sciences when it comes to retirement savings, organ donation and lunch choice? Behavioural economist George Loewenstein, behavioural psychologist Drazen Prelec and Samuel Nguyen of the Cabinet Office’s Behavioural Insights Team discussed moral questions around Nudge with philosopher Luc Bovens.


Virtue Ethics

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Tuesday 15 October 2013, 6.30 – 8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE  


Brad Hooker|, Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading    





Constantine Sandis|, Professor of Philosophy, Oxford Brookes University 



Chair: Simon Glendinning|, Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE and Director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Virtues are of course instrumentally valuable. Are they also non-instrumentally valuable, that is, valuable as ends and not just as means? A further question is whether virtues play an ineliminable role in determining what is morally required. Does the fact that a virtuous person would characteristically both have a certain set of reactions and do actions of certain kinds make those reactions and actions morally required?