Vol. 116 No. 9

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THE JAMES HEMMING PRIZE ESSAY 2011 1st Prize Katherine Hawkes
A spirited defence of Protagoras, the ancient Greek philosopher, who argued that man is the measure of all things. Basing her position on the view that to exist is to be perceived, the author contends that things can be said to exist only as objects of human perception–and, therefore, not to exist, if not such objects. So, statements about what does or does not exist are always relative to man. Abstract by Tom Rubens. 

BOOK REVIEW: NEUROSCIENCE AND MORALITY Graham Bell
This reviews Patricia Churchland’s “What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality”, a book which seeks to show how science can throw light on the origin and nature of morality. Churchland regards morality as a totally naturalistic phenomenon, and hence as subject to causal analysis, with lines of explanation reaching not only into evolutionary biology, neuro-chemistry and psychology but also social environment and culture. This whole way of viewing morality eclipses the Kantian position that morality possesses a foundation in emotion-free rationality, something not subject to natural causation. It also undermines the Platonic argument that moral values exist beyond the natural world, in a metaphysical sphere, as things to be discovered by the human mind through a process of intellection.

HUMANISM AND THE IDEA OF EUROPE Simon Glendinning
Contrary to what is said in most post-colonial theory, the essential European outlook has not espoused doctrines of political or racial superiority over the rest of the world. It has instead advocated a humanistic universalism, based on Greek and Christian thought, which postulates the common humanity of all the world’s people. Hence it denies that there are any morally significant human differences, or that some races are superior to others. This viewpoint involves a political commitment to democracy. Abstract by Tom Rubens. 

SONG OF DISPRAISE Barbara Smoker

VIEWPOINTS C. Bratcher, J. Rayner, T. Rubens, J. Dowdle, B. Smoker, D. Ibry

HRL PURCHASES AND DONATIONS Cathy Broad

THE NOTION OF JUSTICE Christopher Purnell

CONWAY HALL AT OPEN HOUSE Cathy Broad

LONDON SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY COURSES

CONWAY MEMORIAL LECTURE – Jeremy Bentham – Prophet of Secularism

ETHICAL SOCIETY EVENTS

 

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