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Ethical Reading webinar: ‘Does luck play a part in doing the right thing?’

March 20, 2020 @ 1.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Nick Leeson was a trader who gambled away £862m and bought down Barings Bank in 1995. He served 4 years in prison for his actions. However, others who engaged in the same kinds of risky trading strategies, but where their risks paid off, were lauded as successful and innovative employees.

So, was Leeson more culpable than others because he did the wrong thing, or was he just unlucky?

More generally, what role does luck play in ethical decisions, are we all just lucky if what we do at work turns out to be right? And if so, can we really be held responsible for anything we do, including at work?

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We will be using Microsoft Teams for the webinar. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email. Please scroll to the bottom of the email to the ‘Additional Information’ section to see instructions for joining the webinar.

About the speaker: Doctor Luke Elson, University of Reading

Dr Luke Elson has been a lecturer in the philosophy department at Reading since 2014. His research and teaching are mostly in ethics. In particular, he’s concerned with unsharpness (cases where there is vagueness or fuzziness in what we have reason to do) and internalism about reasons, which is the question of how much our reasons depend on what we want.

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March 20, 2020
1.00 pm - 1.30 pm
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Ethical Reading
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