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February 2020

Ethical Reading webinar: Are there moral facts?

February 28 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online, Reading
Reading, GB
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“It is wrong to bribe an official, and that’s a fact!” But is it? Suppose someone disagrees, perhaps because the bribe on offer is of very little value and offering it is the only way to get the work done. It seems there is no way of proving who is right. Are we still so sure there is a fact of the matter here? Many people, and some philosophers, think that moral disagreement like this undermines the view that there…

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March 2020

Ethical Reading webinar: ‘Does luck play a part in doing the right thing?’

March 20 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online, Reading
Reading, GB
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Nick Leeson was a trader who gambled away £862m and bought down Barings Bank in 1995. He served 4 years in prison for his actions. However, others who engaged in the same kinds of risky trading strategies, but where their risks paid off, were lauded as successful and innovative employees. So, was Leeson more culpable than others because he did the wrong thing, or was he just unlucky? More generally, what role does luck play in ethical decisions, are we…

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