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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Ethical Challenges Lectures

'Morality, Philosophy and the 21st Century'

The Philosophy department at the University of Southampton is pleased to announce an exciting and innovative series of lectures beginning in 2012.

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Wind Farm

Human life in the 21st century continues to generate new and challenging ethical questions. It does so despite - indeed partly because of - advances in scientific knowledge. There is an increasing tendency in our broader culture to believe that science provides the only form of knowledge there is, but it is far from clear that such knowledge alone can deal with the moral difficulties we face today. For example, we may have evolved to behave in certain ways, but the question of how we should act now remains open; and science may give us technological power, but it does not tell us how to use it.

This new series of annual lectures will address ethical challenges that 21st century humanity faces. It will examine how these force us to explore the limits of our physical, biological, economic, legal and historical knowledge, and pose new, unavoidable and distinctively philosophical questions.

In association with the Southampton Ethics Centre and kindly sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy.


1 May 2012, 18:00, Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus

'The public and private morality of climate change'


23 October 2012, 18:00, Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus

'Clean trade in natural resources'


16 October 2013, 18:00, Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus

'The Best Arguments for Press Freedom'


22 October 2014, Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus

'Social Equality and Relative Poverty'


20 October 2015, Avenue Campus

'Wars Are Fought By People, Not States'


13 February 2017, Avenue Campus

'Dogwhistles and Figleaves: Techniques of Racist Political Manipulation'


8 February 2018, Avenue Campus

'No Harm in Looking? How Observation Can Connect us to Other People's Wrongdoing'


1 May 2019, Avenue Campus

Against Marriage



These public lectures are open to all. For more information please contact us:

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