Roger Crisp, Professor of Moral Philosophy, Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, St Anne’s College
Imagine two negligent drivers, each fiddling with their car radios while driving. By pure chance, one of them kills a pedestrian, while the other doesn’t. We tend the blame the killer much more; but has this driver really acted any more wrongly than the non-killer? And if so, what does this tell us about ethics, and should we try to change our attitudes? These are the problems of moral luck that Professor Crisp will discuss in his lecture. He will also argue that our sentiments have their source in ancient views of pollution we might now want to reject in favour of a morality based solely on what we will.
Thursday 12 May 2016
19:00 – 20:00 Lecture: Waterras Common Hall,
3F Waterras, 2-101 Kanda Awajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
This lecture is free of charge and will be delivered in English
20:00 – 21:30 Reception: Terrace 8890,
3F Waterras, 2-101 Kanda Awajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo ￥3,000 (payable on the door)