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Philosophy Cafe. Is it rational to be moral?

Published: 10 December 2012Origin: Philosophy
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The University of Southampton’s popular Philosophy Cafe series has considered the differences between rationality and morality.

Dr Jonathan Way has argued that we ordinarily assume that it is rational to be moral - that we are not foolish for doing what's right. However, on reflection it can be hard to see why this is so. After all, it certainly seems as if there can be occasions on which immorality pays. Nor is it obvious that immorality must involve any kind of inconsistency or confusion.

His talk explored these challenges and considered how some philosophers have tried to vindicate the rationality of morality.

You can hear Jonathan’s arguments be clicking on the link to the right of this page.

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