Interdependence and the expanding circle
Wednesday 2 March from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 on Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus
This Wednesday 2 March from 5-6.30pm in room ib3.307 on Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet to discuss two short articles: ‘The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle’ by Peter Singer (1997) and ‘The Big Idea’ by Robert Wright (2001). Both of these articles pick up on the themes of Steven Pinker's TED lecture on the myth of violence, which we discussed a couple of weeks ago. Pinker argues that violence has declined dramatically since about the sixteenth century, offering the arguments put forward in these articles by Singer and Wright as possible reasons why. At Wednesday's meeting we'll explore Singer's idea of the expanding ethical circle and Wright's idea of global interdependence in more detail.
Hope to see you there.