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Summer Seminar:
David Wiggins, Ethics: Twelve Lectures on the Philosophy of Morality

Guy Longworth

“In Ethics: Twelve Lectures on the Philosophy of Morality, David Wiggin surveys the answers most commonly proposed for such questions—gathering insights from Hume, Kant, the utilitarians, and the post-utilitarian thinkers of the twentieth century. The view of morality he then proposes draws on sources as diverse as Aristotle, Simone Weil and present-day thinkers such as Philippa Foot. As need arises, he pursues a variety of related issues and engages additional thinkers—Plato and Bernard Williams on egoism and altruism, Schopenhauer and Aurel Kolnai on evil, Leibniz and Rawls on impartiality, and Montaigne and J. L. Mackie on ‘moral relativism’, among others.”

For the most part, the seminars are planned to take in person, in S2.77, but we move online for some later sessions. All colleagues, including undergraduate and postgraduate students, are very welcome.

Seminar schedule

Thursday April 27, 3–5pm: Chapter 1: Glaucon’s and Adeimantus’ interrogation on Socrates

Thursday May 4, 3–5pm: Chapter 2: Hume’s genealogy of morals

Thursday May 11, 3–5pm: Chapter 3: Hume’s theory extended

Thursday May 18, 3–5pm: Chapter 4: From Hume to Kant

Thursday May 25, 3–5pm: Chapter 5: The laws of morality as the laws of freedom and the laws of freedom as the laws of morality

Reading week

Thursday June 8, 3–5pm: Chapter 6: Classical utilitarianism

Thursday June 15, 3–5pm: Chapter 7: A fresh argument for utilitarianism

Thursday June 22, 3–5pm (Online): Chapter 8: The consequentialist argument

Thursday June 29: No seminar

Thursday July 6, 3–5pm (Possibly online): Chapter 9: A first-order ethic of solidarity and reciprocity

Depending on interest, we might then consider carrying on into chapters 10 (Justice) and 11–12 (Metaethics) online.

MEEP Mini-WorkshopLink opens in a new window

The Warwick Mind and Action Research Centre (WMA) is pleased to announce a new mini-workshop as part of our MEEP series. This series explores the intersection of topics typically found under the categories of 'Mind and Epistemology' and 'Ethics and Political Philosophy.' All are welcome!

Professor Carol Rovane, Columbia University:
Social Conditions of the Psyche
Professor Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University
The Commons and our Political Ideals
Time: 2:00-6:00pm, Thursday, 29 June 2023.
Venue: tba.


This first MEEP workshop on the 20th of June will also be a celebration of Daniel Vanello’s Leverhulme Project, Shaping Our Moral Identity.

If you would like to attend the event, please email Oscar ( no later than 2nd of June. Further details will be announced shortly.

The programme is as follows:

9.45 Coffee

10.00 - 11.00 –On the location of ethics and politics in the mindintroductory comments. Naomi Eilan

11.15 - 12.15 - The epistemology of emancipation. Quassim Cassam


12.15 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 14.00 - Rethinking Body Shame. Heather Widdows

14.15 - 15.15 - Sentence structure, thought and attention. Eileen John


15.15 - 15.45: Tea

15.45 - 16.45 - Montaigne on the ethics and politics of self-knowledge. Johannes Roessler

17.00 - 18.00 - The authority of moral witnesses. Daniel Vanello



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