Talk on Parfit and Consequentialism

Given by Peter Singer organized by Erwin Lengauer und Angela Kallhoff

25th of June 2018
6:30 pm
Lecture Hall 16 (Main Building of the University of Vienna, Mezzanine floor, Staircase)

Peter Singer, one of the most influential thinkers of our days, discusses Consequentialism as portrayed in Derek Parfit's book "On What Really Matters." In this book, Parfit describes a Triple theory which tries to accommodate elements of Consequentialism with Kantianism and Contractarianism. In his talk, Peter Singer discusses this claim in focusing on act consequentialism. In particular, Singer challenges Parfit’s claim by also introducing important insights from Sidgwick. He draws on “The Point of View of the Universe: Sidgwick and Contemporary Ethics” (2016), co-authored with Katarzyna De Lazari-Radek.

Participation is free. In order to prepare for a lively discussion afterwards, an excerpt of the manuscript is available in advance upon request:

⇒ Event poster