[SydPhil] Notification: Peter Bowden @ Thu 7 Sep 2017 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Peter Bowden

This paper explores conservative morality. It documents several left-right  
disputes, attempting to determine if the multitude of current moral  
theories provide us a guideline. The disputes include same-sex marriage,  
children from such marriages, climate change, gun control and health care  
in the US, the death penalty, abortion, stem cell research, euthanasia, and  
islamophobia. The paper finds that the current moral theories are of no  
assistance. Two in particular, Kant’s deontology and virtue ethics, provide  
support for both sides. The paper also notes that all the current theories  
are western in origin. It then searches for a more universally applicable  
guideline, drawing in the eastern philosophies. It finds that one concept  
is common to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, as well as four of the western  
moral theories, including Mill’s Utilitarianism. It is, in the words of the  
present Dalai Lama: ”Our prime moral duty is to help others; at least to  
refrain from harming them.”  Application of this theory to the current  
left-right disputes, in the form of a universalised “Do no harm to me; if I  
need help, then please give it.” finds that the moral position favours that  
of the small ‘l’ liberal. In addition, the paper notes that every social  
improvement over the centuries, (all of which meet this guideline),  from  
the abolishment slavery to the advent of democracy, even the ending of foot  
binding, has been opposed by conservative thought.
When: Thu 7 Sep 2017 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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