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Responsibilities to Others: 2020 Philosophy Lecture Series

Thursday, November 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtually on ZOOM
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Our attempts to deal with the effects of COVID-19 have revived significant interest in a question of enduring philosophical interest: what do we owe to each other? This series of public lectures will examine our responsibilities (if any) to others. It will include discussions on the evolution of altruism, on the idea that both individuals and collectives can have moral responsibilities, on how moral philosophy might assist us in thinking about whether we ought to mandate vaccination for Covid-19 once a vaccine is developed, and finally, on what it would mean to grant legal personhood status to non-human animals.

The annual philosophy lecture series is prepared in partnership with the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, the Department of Philosophy at Western University, and the London Public Library. This year’s events will be held via Zoom webinar and will take place on Thursdays in November. Attendance is free, but advance registration will be required in order to obtain the link to join the webinar.

Nov 5 at 12:00 pm | Evolution, Selfishness & Altruism | Samir Okasha, University of Bristol

Nov 12 at 7:00 pm | Individual and Collective Responsibility & Interests | Tracy Isaacs, Western University

Nov 19 7:00 pm | Ethics in the Time of Coronavirus | Anthony Skelton, Western University

Nov 26 7:00 pm | Animals as Legal Beings: Contesting Anthropocentric Legal Orders | Maneesha Deckha, University of Victoria

Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Deborah Fox

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