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 War

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

CecileFabre 


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

 

JeffMcMahan

 

 

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    

Loewenstein_George 

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

 

samuel-nguyen

 

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

 

Drazen-Prelec 

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  

BradHooker 

Brad Hooker|, Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading    

 

ConstantineSandis

 

 

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?

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