The Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value is hosted by the School of Philosophy. It was first held in 2000, an initiative of Professor Raimond Gaita. It is a free public lecture held annually in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Each year, a distinguished international scholar is invited to give a public lecture and academic seminar at ACU. The lectures are inspired by Simone Weil’s ethical vision that is rooted in attentive compassion and obligation to others, her unstinting desire for the Good, and her non-negotiable commitment to justice.

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
YearYearYear2019 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Roger Crisp TopicTopicTopic

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

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YearYearYear2018 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Mark Alfano TopicTopicTopic

Dark humour in dark times: The sustaining virtue of laughter

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YearYearYear2017 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Lenart Škof TopicTopicTopic

Democracy as Human Value: On the Idea of Ethical Citizenship

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YearYearYear2016 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Robert Audi TopicTopicTopicTransnational Ethics and the Refugee Crisis
YearYearYear2015 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Michael Morgan TopicTopicTopicTears the Civil Servant Cannot See: Ethics, Politics, and the Individual
YearYearYear2014 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Eleonore Stump TopicTopicTopicIs Justice Enough? Aquinas on Justice and Care
YearYearYear2013 LecturerLecturerLecturerAssociate Professor Jeffrey Bloechl TopicTopicTopicBetween Love and Law: Paul and Philosophy - Jeffrey Bloechl (Boston College)
YearYearYear2012 LecturerLecturerLecturerProf Richard Kearney (Boston College) TopicTopicTopicNarrating Pain: The Power of Catharsis
YearYearYear2011 LecturerLecturerLecturerProf Kevin Hart FAHA TopicTopicTopicOn Forgiveness: Narrative and Lyrical
YearYearYear2010 LecturerLecturerLecturerAntony Duff TopicTopicTopicTo Whom Must We Answer? Responsibility, Community and Criminal Law
YearYearYear2009 LecturerLecturerLecturerMiranda Fricker TopicTopicTopicKnowledge and Prejudice
YearYearYear2008 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Jonathon Glover TopicTopicTopicUprootedness, Narratives and National Conflict
YearYearYear2006 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Susan Mendus TopicTopicTopicTerrorism and Religion
YearYearYear2005 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Susan Neiman TopicTopicTopicMoral Clarity
YearYearYear2004 LecturerLecturerLecturerStephen Mulhall TopicTopicTopicThe Conversation of Mankind
YearYearYear2003 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Simon Critchley TopicTopicTopic"I want to die, I hate my life": Phaedra's Malaise
YearYearYear2002 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Ray Monk TopicTopicTopicA Wonderful Life: Philosophy and Biography
YearYearYear2001 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Avishai Margalit TopicTopicTopicA Moral Witness
YearYearYear2000 LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Christine M. Korsgaard TopicTopicTopicHuman Action and Normative Standards

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