Can Virtue Be Defended Against Biology? A talk by Richard Hamilton

Can Virtue Be Defended Against Biology? A talk by Richard Hamilton
Thursday 7 October from 3pm in ib3.307, Waurn Ponds campus

In the last couple of decades virtue ethics has established itself as a robust and vibrant alternative in normative ethics. Needless to say it has attracted a large number of critical responses. In this paper, I will address the question whether contemporary biology is as inhospitable to virtue as some philosophers have suggested and argue that recent developments in the biological sciences offer the possibility of at least a partial rehabilitation of Aristotelian notions of flourishing.

Dr Hamilton teaches philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in Western Australia. He completed a PhD on love as a social phenomenon at Birkbeck College, University of London. He works on moral philosophy, the philosophy of the emotions, the philosophy of action and the philosophy of social sciences with particular interests in the legal definition of morally contested concepts. His most recent publications have dealt with evolutionary psychology and love as an essentially contested concept. He is currently engaged in a project investigating the biological bases of moral conduct. Before arriving at Notre Dame, he taught at the University of Manchester, the University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Richard Hamilton’s visit is hosted by the philosophy program in the School of International and Political Studies, the Alfred Deakin Institute and the Deakin Philosophical Society.

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