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
YearYear2018 LecturerLecturerProfessor Mark Alfano TopicTopic

Dark humour in dark times: The sustaining virtue of laughter

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YearYear2017 LecturerLecturerProfessor Lenart Škof TopicTopic

Democracy as Human Value: On the Idea of Ethical Citizenship

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YearYear2016 LecturerLecturerProfessor Robert Audi TopicTopicTransnational Ethics and the Refugee Crisis
YearYear2015 LecturerLecturerProfessor Michael Morgan TopicTopicTears the Civil Servant Cannot See: Ethics, Politics, and the Individual
YearYear2014 LecturerLecturerProfessor Eleonore Stump TopicTopicIs Justice Enough? Aquinas on Justice and Care
YearYear2013 LecturerLecturerAssociate Professor Jeffrey Bloechl TopicTopicBetween Love and Law: Paul and Philosophy - Jeffrey Bloechl (Boston College)
YearYear2012 LecturerLecturerProf Richard Kearney (Boston College) TopicTopicNarrating Pain: The Power of Catharsis
YearYear2011 LecturerLecturerProf Kevin Hart FAHA TopicTopicOn Forgiveness: Narrative and Lyrical
YearYear2010 LecturerLecturerAntony Duff TopicTopicTo Whom Must We Answer? Responsibility, Community and Criminal Law
YearYear2009 LecturerLecturerMiranda Fricker TopicTopicKnowledge and Prejudice
YearYear2008 LecturerLecturerProfessor Jonathon Glover TopicTopicUprootedness, Narratives and National Conflict
YearYear2006 LecturerLecturerProfessor Susan Mendus TopicTopicTerrorism and Religion
YearYear2005 LecturerLecturerProfessor Susan Neiman TopicTopicMoral Clarity
YearYear2004 LecturerLecturerStephen Mulhall TopicTopicThe Conversation of Mankind
YearYear2003 LecturerLecturerProfessor Simon Critchley TopicTopic"I want to die, I hate my life": Phaedra's Malaise
YearYear2002 LecturerLecturerProfessor Ray Monk TopicTopicA Wonderful Life: Philosophy and Biography
YearYear2001 LecturerLecturerProfessor Avishai Margalit TopicTopicA Moral Witness
YearYear2000 LecturerLecturerProfessor Christine M. Korsgaard TopicTopicHuman Action and Normative Standards

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