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The University of Southampton
Southampton Ethics Centre

Philosophy for an Ending World Seminar

10 December 2019
Room 1093, Building 65, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BF

Event details

A seminar organised by the Southampton Ethics Centre

I explore a thought experiment where humanity faces unavoidable extinction two hundred years from now. I ask how philosophers in this ending world might reimagine current debates about the meaning of life, the relative value of virtual and real environments, the permissibility of procreation, the relative merits of various forms of utilitarianism, and the credibility of traditional arguments for and against the existence of God. I argue that reflection on the ending world raises troubling questions for contemporary philosophers, and our relationship with future people.

Speaker information

Tim Mulgan, St Andrews. Professor of Moral & Political Philosophy

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