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Is Politics Based on Morality? (Forum for European Philosophy ‘Ethics Matters’ dialogue)

27 April 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

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.

Fabienne Peter is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

Catherine Rowett (@catherinerowett) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and Green Party parliamentary candidate for South Norfolk.

Stephen de Wijze is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester.

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

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEmorality

A podcast of this event is available here.



27 April 2015
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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New Theatre
East Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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