Lecture #22 – 29 July 2014

Buddhist Ethics: a Perspective

by Graham Priest

The talk explains and defends a version of Buddhist ethics, which is acceptable to (at least) one contemporary  Western philosopher (me).


Particularism and Holism in Ethics

by Sean Goedecke

The three big theories in ethical philosophy – utilitarianism, virtue ethics and deontology – take for granted the existence of general principles in ethics. But why should we take this for granted? Following the work of Jonathan Dancy and H.A. Prichard, this lecture will argue for particularism in ethics and holism in the theory of reasons. The post-Enlightenment tendency to treat ethics like a science is not the only way of doing philosophical ethics, and certainly not the way the majority of us lean towards in practice. The real work of ethics consists of intuitively coming to terms with the particular facts of the case – and since those facts combine organically to form a holistic moral picture, reliable general principles can never be formed in advance.


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