Lunch hour lectures repository Autumn 2010
- Incest and folk-dancing: why sex survives
- Eyeing the brain
- Bubbles in the blood: from the 'bends' to magic bullets
- From dust to diamonds
- What does London owe to slavery?
- Breast screening: some inconvenient truths
- Piracy: The law of the high seas
- Doomed to fail? The challenges of coalition government for Westminster and Whitehall
- Who or what killed Franz Ferdinand?
- Energising the city
- Philosophy and public policy
- Light and darkness in the accelerating universe
- Can HIV treatment stop the AIDS epidemic?
- The missing 650 million?
- Listening to foreign judges from far away places: Why the European Court of Human Rights is a good idea
- Angels, putti, dragons and fairies: A biological dissection
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Philosophy and public policy
1 December 2010
Tuesday 23 November 2010
Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy)
Can moral and political philosophy be used to help solve problems in public life? How? Some philosophers attempt to derive theories to be applied in practice. This, it will be argued, is not a practical or desirable approach. Rather the philosopher should be to try to understand the values underlying dilemmas of public policy and to explore options for reducing or resolving them. Public policy needs the application of philosophical skills, rather than philosophical theory.
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