2019 Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value

Virtue in a changing climate:
How do we respond morally to global warming?

Professor Roger Crisp
Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy St Anne’s College Oxford
Professor of Moral Philosophy University of Oxford


Tuesday 17 September
6.00pm for 6.30pm
ACU Leadership Centre
Level 3, Cathedral House
229 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD


Thursday 19 September
6.00pm for 6.30pm
Christ lecture Theatre
ACU Melbourne Campus
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC

This lecture considers how we might respond morally to our rapidly changing climate. It will be shown that Ancient writers on the virtues, in particular Plato and Aristotle, can help us more with this issue than we might have expected, but that there are some features of our modern situation require attention to more recent moral philosophy. No knowledge of the science of climate change, or of philosophy, will be assumed.

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About Professor Crisp

Roger Crisp Roger Crisp is Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, at St Anne’s College, Oxford, Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow at the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at Australian Catholic University.

He is the author of Mill on Utilitarianism (1997), Reasons and the Good (2006), The Cosmos of Duty: Henry’s Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics (2015), and Sacrifice Regained: Morality and Self-interest in the British Moralists from Hobbes to Bentham (2019). He has translated Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics for Cambridge University Press and edited the Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics.

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Past lectures

Lectures from more recent years, together with invited speakers, are listed below. Recorded lectures can be accessed via the topic link.

Year Lecturer Topic
Year2018 LecturerProfessor Mark Alfano Topic

Dark humour in dark times: The sustaining virtue of laughter

Year2017 LecturerProfessor Lenart Škof Topic

Democracy as Human Value: On the Idea of Ethical Citizenship

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Year2016 LecturerProfessor Robert Audi TopicTransnational Ethics and the Refugee Crisis
Year2015 LecturerProfessor Michael Morgan TopicTears the Civil Servant Cannot See: Ethics, Politics, and the Individual
Year2014 LecturerProfessor Eleonore Stump TopicIs Justice Enough? Aquinas on Justice and Care
Year2013 LecturerAssociate Professor Jeffrey Bloechl TopicBetween Love and Law: Paul and Philosophy - Jeffrey Bloechl (Boston College)
Year2012 LecturerProf Richard Kearney (Boston College) TopicNarrating Pain: The Power of Catharsis
Year2011 LecturerProf Kevin Hart FAHA TopicOn Forgiveness: Narrative and Lyrical
Year2010 LecturerAntony Duff TopicTo Whom Must We Answer? Responsibility, Community and Criminal Law
Year2009 LecturerMiranda Fricker TopicKnowledge and Prejudice
Year2008 LecturerProfessor Jonathon Glover TopicUprootedness, Narratives and National Conflict
Year2006 LecturerProfessor Susan Mendus TopicTerrorism and Religion
Year2005 LecturerProfessor Susan Neiman TopicMoral Clarity
Year2004 LecturerStephen Mulhall TopicThe Conversation of Mankind
Year2003 LecturerProfessor Simon Critchley Topic"I want to die, I hate my life": Phaedra's Malaise
Year2002 LecturerProfessor Ray Monk TopicA Wonderful Life: Philosophy and Biography
Year2001 LecturerProfessor Avishai Margalit TopicA Moral Witness
Year2000 LecturerProfessor Christine M. Korsgaard TopicHuman Action and Normative Standards

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