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With Good Reason: a debate on the foundations of ethics

Forum on Religion and Theos public debate

Date: Thursday 6 December 2012 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Dr Julian Baggini, Canon Dr Angus Ritchie, Dr Mark Vernon

Religious and secular philosophers have long debated whether ethics have an objective basis (moral realism) or a relative basis (moral relativism). But does theism or atheism offer a better basis for ‘moral realism’? A theist, an atheist, and an agnostic discuss.

Julian Baggini is a writer, journalist and co-founder of The Philosophers’ Magazine.

Angus Ritchie is director of the Contextual Theology Centre.

Mark Vernon is a writer and journalist

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