How We Understand and Deal with Societal Conflict

John Haldane

  • Date Apr 4, 2017
  • Venue Warner Memorial Library
    Eastern University
    1300 Eagle Road
    Saint Davids, PA 19087

Difference and disagreement are marked features of contemporary western societies, They range widely from disputes about ethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia or genetic engineering, or social ones such as marriage and family life, recreational drugs, or capital punishment, through to fundamental political and constitutional issues, as in the recent US general and presidential election, or the UK Brexit referendum vote. How should we understand such disagreements? Why have they arisen? How if at all can they be resolved? What do they imply for the future of communities, society and the state? What can philosophy contribute to answering these questions? This lecture will address these questions aiming to offer helpful insights into the issues.



John Haldane is the J. Newton Sr Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, Professor of Moral Philosophy and Senior Fellow of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews; Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, Princeton; Senior Fellow of the Center for Ethics and Culture; University of Notre Dame; Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, London; and Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican. He was recently named by Best Schools, one of the 50 most influential living philosophers.