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.
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.
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.
Lectures from more recent years, together with invited speakers, are listed below. Recorded lectures can be accessed via the topic link.
|YearYearYear2019||LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Roger Crisp||TopicTopicTopic
Virtue in a changing climate:
|YearYearYear2018||LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Mark Alfano||TopicTopicTopic
Dark humour in dark times: The sustaining virtue of laughter
|YearYearYear2017||LecturerLecturerLecturerProfessor Lenart Škof||TopicTopicTopic
Democracy as Human Value: On the Idea of Ethical Citizenship
|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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