Philosophy Society Talks

July 7, 2020

Sarah, VII, chair of Philosophy Society, discusses some of their recent speakers:

In the past few weeks we have been incredibly lucky to welcome three philosophy society speakers. At each webinar we were joined by students from our partner schools, including West London Free School, Hammersmith Academy, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Ark Putney Academy, Ark Online and the Jewish Free School. Our first talk, given by Professor Richard Holton of Peterhouse College, Cambridge, challenged our views on the nature of our motivations to act morally. We learned about the different techniques moral psychologists use to examine our moral motivations, such as studying psychopaths’ attitudes towards morality. The second talk, delivered by Dr Matthew Bennett of Selwyn College, Cambridge, explored the issue of euthanasia. We were given a clear framework in which to consider extremely difficult cases, as well as an example British case law to consider. Our final talk was given by Professor Mark Textor from KCL, who spoke about mental-physical distinctions. We were once again stimulated to assess our intuitions on the nature of the mind and its relation to the body. 


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