Brian G. Henning, Professor, Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Gonzaga University
In the opening decade of this new millennium, long-simmering conflicts have exploded into a rolling ball of fear, hostility, and violence. Dogmatism in its various forms seems to be on the rise as the rhetoric and reality of compromise and consensus building is replaced with the vitriol of moral superiority and righteousness. Given a world fraught with such conflict and tension, what is needed is not a moral philosophy that dogmatically advances absolute moral codes. More than ever, what is needed is an ethic that is dynamic, fallible, and situated, yet not grossly relativistic. What is needed, I suggest is a moral philosophy grounded in Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophy of organism. A moral philosophy inspired by, though not dogmatically committed to, Whitehead’s organic, beauty-centered conception of reality.
Discussant: Martin Savransky, Director of Unit of Play, Goldsmiths, University of London
Chaired by Professor Marsha Rosengarten, Co-Director Centre for Invention and Social Process
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|31 May 2017||4:00pm - 6:00pm|
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