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Ethics and Faith in the Real World

18:00 – 20:00, Wed 15th Apr, 2015
The Chaplaincy Library, 24 George Square Edinburgh

ETHICS AND FAITH IN THE REAL WORLD

In Academic and Professional, Business and Public Life

Seminars to be held at the Catholic Chaplaincy, George Square, Edinburgh

From: 6pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings

AIMS OF THE SERIES:

1. To facilitate seminars in which those of us who support the mission of the Albertus Institute can explore

together some of our concerns and intellectual interests in the relation between faith and practical ethics

in daily life today.

2. To share experience of how we exercise personal moral responsibility in the various areas of our lives

and work, and of the role faith plays in our decision-making.

3. To discuss ways in which we can contribute both individually, and through the Institute, to promote more

public dialogue about current issues of ethical importance.

Facilitators:

Henry S Thompson — Professor, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Ian E Thompson — Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia

1. April 15th — Exploring challenges we face in our secular and sceptical work environment

Issues of Cultural Relativism, Subjectivism, Cynicism & Scepticism and Personal Uncertainty — Dr Stephen Watt, University of Edinburgh, Department of Open Studies,

with Henry Thompson and Ian Thompson

2. April 29th — Individual, Team & Corporate Responsibility in Business & Public Life

“Russian Dolls” model of ethics — levels of responsibility and accountability to stakeholders — Odile Pilley, international consultant in development policies/strategies and postal affairs. — Dr Elizabeth Drummond Young, University of Edinburgh, Department of Open Studies,

with Ian Thompson and Henry Thompson

3. May 13th — Certainty and Uncertainty in Ethics — Can computers give us moral certainty?

Machines and Humans: practical wisdom & casuistry, ethical decisions versus ethical policy — Zenon Bankowski, Professor Emeritus of Legal Theory, University of Edinburgh School of Law

with Henry Thompson and Ian Thompson

4. May 27th — Can virtue be taught? — Decision-making in Youth Justice and Child Protection

Acquiring skills in Values Clarification, Ethical Decision Making and Ethical Policy Setting — Bill Whyte, Professor of Social Work, University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science — Angela Gentile, Development Manager, Circle — Supporting Families in Scotland

with Ian Thompson and Henry Thompson

5. June 17th — Personalist Ethics — Power Sharing & Responsibility in Health Care

Distinguishing in Practice: Good & Evil, Right & Wrong, Virtue and Vice — Alisdair MacLullich, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Edinburgh Medical School

with Ian Thompson and Henry Thompson

6. June 24th — Poverty & Riches — Human Rights and Our Responsibilities in International Aid

Freedom & Liberty, Rights & Duties in relation to Globalization and Development — Philippa Bonella, Head of Communications and Education for SCIAF,

with Ian Thompson and Henry Thompson