• Date and time: Wednesday 13 May 2015, 6.00pm
  • Location: Room P/L001, Physics
  • Admission: is free and open to all. No ticket required.

Event details

Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture

Imagine two negligent drivers, each fiddling with their radio controls 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 I will discuss in my talk, and I will 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.

Other Royal Institute of Philosophy lectures include:

Professor Roger Crisp, University of Oxford