Monday 8th January - 05:20 PM GMT
Morality without principles
The theory of moral particularism
Join this exclusive interview with celebrated philosopher, Professor Jonathan Dancy, where he discusses his seminal work on moral particularism, a theory of ethics that rejects the idea of moral principles.
Do not lie. Do not murder. We are accustomed to think of morality in terms of these sorts of principles. Someone without them is seen as untrustworthy and dangerous, while a ""principled person"" is synonymous with a moral one. Yet, Jonathan Dancy argues that all this is wrong. He regards such principles as superfluous at best, and - at worst - as liable to lead us into moral error.
After the interview, there will be a rare opportunity to challenge Professor Dancy yourself, with a live audience Q&A.
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Renowned ethical philosopher
Jonathan Dancy is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the pre-eminent theorist of moral particularism, best known for his seminal work in the field, Ethics Without Principles (2005).
Join celebrated philosopher, Jonathan Dancy, as he argues for moral particularism, a theory of ethics that rejects the idea of moral principles. PLUS quiz him in the Q&A.
Dancy argues that moral principles, like "do not lie" or "do not kill", are at best superfluous to ethics, and positively dangerous at worst.