Freitag 18:15, 19. Oktober 2018

What Is the Source of Nature’s Moral Authority?

FLECK lecture

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Lorraine Daston *auf Englisch, deutsche Beschreibung folgt*

In many cultures and epochs, natural orders have been invoked by revolutionaries and reactionaries alike as support for various political, social, and moral order:

the stately movements of the stars served the ancient Stoics as the model of the good life; revolutionaries in Enlightenment America and France appealed to nature’s universal laws to justify rebellion; homosexuality has been condemned as “against nature”; recent floods and storms prompt headlines about the “revenge of nature” taken upon human greed and thoughtlessness. Yet for centuries philosophers such as Hume, Kant, and John Stuart Mill have argued that nature has no moral authority; nature simply is, and it is an error of logic to infer an “ought” from an “is”. These calls to drive a wedge between natural and moral orders have gone largely unheeded, as current debates about genetically modified organisms, new reproductive technologies, and homosexual marriage testify. Why do we continue to seek moral authority in nature, despite learned advice to the contrary?

Moderation: Hartmut von Sass

Vortrag Englisch, Diskussion Englisch / Deutsch

Dr. Hartmut von Sass ist Privatdozent am Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie der Universität Zürich und stellvertretender Direktor des Collegium Helveticum. Mehr

Lorraine Daston ist Direktorin am Max Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Berlin sowie Professorin an der University of Chicago. Mehr

Das Ludwik Fleck Zentrum ist eine wissenschaftstheoretische Forschungseinrichtung am Collegium Helveticum. Mehr

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