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Sep
19

Last Night’s Cafe: Humans: Autonomous Individuals or Dependent Rational Animals?

What does it mean to be moral? Is the basis of morality the liberty to choose, or something else? In this Café, Dr Chris Groves introduced the work of a number of philosophers, feminist and otherwise, who suggest that the Enlightenment’s emphasis on the autonomy of the individual as the foundation of moral life is [...]

Sep
10

Next Cafe: Humans: Sovereign Individuals or Dependent Rational Animals?

20th century moral philosophy largely affirmed that reknowned Enlightenment figures like Immanuel Kant were right to view the essence of morality as acts of free choice. The basis of morality lay in the sovereign will of the independent, autonomous individual – guided by a disinterested form of moral rationality. This tradition has also given us [...]

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