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Webinar: What should you do when you can’t do the right thing?

April 17, 2020 @ 1.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Imagine that Helen runs her own small catering company and, due to an administration error, she has double-booked catering for a wedding reception this weekend. Unfortunately, the problem has only just come to light and she is going to have to let one customer down. Whatever Helen does, it seems that one customer will justifiably blame her. So, it seems she cannot do the right thing. Philosophers call this kind of situation a ‘moral dilemma’, and they are more than just difficult decisions. This talk will investigate whether there really are such dilemmas, and, if so, what we should do if we face moral dilemmas in the workplace.

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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: Dr 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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April 17, 2020
1.00 pm - 1.30 pm
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Ethical Reading
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Reading, GB
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