Moral Luck

Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2020 19:30

Venue: Zoom


It’s all too easy to point the finger of blame at those who have done wrong, who have broken the law or caused harm in other ways.  But would – even could - we have done better if we’d lived the lives they have lived and found ourselves in the same circumstances, facing the same decisions? Can we really hold people morally accountable for things outside of their control? This is the problem of Moral Luck.

We delighted to have the philosopher Aaron Rabinowitz join us over Zoom from the US to discuss Moral Luck.

Aaron currently serves as the Philosopher in Residence for the Rutgers Honors College, and teaches through the Rutgers philosophy department. In recent years, Prof. Rabinowitz has taught on various topics in ethics, metaethics, and personhood. His research interests include developing a robust secular moral realism that allows for a satisfying sense of moral responsibility and a life of flourishing. Prof. Rabinowitz also cohosts two philosophy podcasts: Philosophers in Space and Embrace the Void. Both shows attempt to make philosophy accessible for everyone, through the lenses of science fiction and existential horror. Prof. Rabinowitz holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Drama from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. in Philosophy from Colorado State University.


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