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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Ethics Without Principles? Event

13:00 - 14:00
5 March 2015
John Hansard Gallery

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Event details

The central question of moral philosophy is 'How should one live?'

Philosophers have traditionally tried to answer this question by articulating general principles: for instance, that one shouldn't lie, or should always do what will lead to the most happiness. But there seem to be counter-examples to all such principle: for instance, there are cases in which lying seems the right thing to do. Might we then question the traditional approach, and see particular actions as right or wrong even in the absence of general principles? Can we have ethics without principles?

Speaker information

Dr Jonathan Way,Jonathan completed his PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara in December 2008. He then held a temporary lectureship at the University of Stirling, before joining Southampton in February 2011.

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