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Ethics and COVID-19

Philosophy Taster Lecture

Speaker: Dr David Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Date: Thursday 10 June 2021, 4:30-5:30pm

Philosophy is always evolving, but always concerned with deep and challenging questions. One important area of philosophy is ethics, and so naturally the many difficult ethical issues raised by the global pandemic crisis have commanded the attention of many philosophers recently.

Thinking and talking about what ought to be done in these circumstances by governments, by doctors and healthcare providers, by businesses and by individuals leads naturally into asking ‘why?’ and so into philosophical territory.

This talk looks at how philosophical theory can assist practical decision-making, and how the experience of facing ethically demanding dilemmas can improve our philosophy.

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at NCH, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.

Here’s what previous participants have said about our Philosophy Taster Lectures:

“The topic was really interesting, and the lecturer explained it in detail, but still with a lot of clarity for someone without previous knowledge of the subject. Questions were also answered well and the information about the university itself was very informative.”

“Very interactive, enjoyable topics, friendly and attentive staff.”

“It was the perfect mix of learning about NCH, whilst getting a taste of what and how we would learn in Philosophy. It was a really interesting discussion, and my answers regarding the university and the topic we were discussing were well answered.”

“It was highly interesting and interactive; I actually learned so much! I didn’t expect to be as interested as I was, but I was genuinely disappointed when it was over.”

“It gave me a really good feel of what the course would be like, and also raised questions for me to ponder in my own time.”

“It was interactive, topical and informative. The team’s answers on the Q&A were equally as impressive and useful.”

“It felt like a real university lecture!”