JL Austin's well-known lectures How To Do Things With Words urged us to consider what we do when we speak, to focus on speech acts and not only on their content. Yet his work has sparked little consideration of the ethics of speech acts. Why is this?
Professor Onora O'Neill, (Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve) will give the 2005 Dixons Public Lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 1 February, exploring issues around speaking and deceiving.
This lecture argues that a focus on speech acts rather than content reveals wider, more challenging ethical issues that arise in communicating in an era of global information technologies and media conglomerates.
Onora O'Neill is principal of Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She lectures in philosophy and has written books and articles in ethics, political philosophy, on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and on bioethics. A former member and chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the Human Genetics Advisory Commission, Professor O'Neill chairs the Nuffield Foundation. She is a member of the House of Lords, sits as a crossbencher and was a member of the Select Committee on Stem Cell Research.
Howard Davies, director of LSE, will chair this event.
Speaking and Deceiving is on Tuesday 1 February at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.
To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk
24 January 2005