Department of English

University of Toronto

The Ethics of Roles: Public, Professional, Personal (C4E Graduate Student Conference)

Event date: Friday, May 03, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: 200 Larkin, Centre for Ethics

The Ethics of Roles: Public, Professional, Personal will explore the place of roles within our ethical lives, such as the ways in which roles can alter our moral duties, improve or corrupt our moral character, and shape our understanding of others. We will also consider the ethical dimensions of specific roles, for example: public servants, lawyers, medical professionals, business professionals, academics, artists, religious or spiritual advisors, citizens, parents, siblings and friends. The hope is for this breadth of focus to reveal common questions and further our understanding of roles and their ethics.

The conference will feature a public keynote address by Arthur Applbaum, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at Harvard University. Applbaum is the author of Ethics for Adversaries: The Morality of Roles in Public and Professional Life. His work has appeared in journals such as Philosophy & Public Affairs, Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard Law Review, Ethics, and Legal Theory.

Keynote Speaker:
Arthur Applbaum
Lerman Neubauer Professor of Democracy and Public Policy
Brandeis University

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