How to Betray Your Android—Marshall Lecture in Public Philosophy
Relationship Ethics and Personal Investments
Dr. Adrienne M. Martin, Murty and Sunak Associate Professor of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Claremont McKenna College
Much of our moral thought is concerned with what we owe each other as people. But if we think in terms only of our rights and duties, and how we wrong others and they wrong us, we are liable to miss a large range of morally significant phenomena. We all know we are vulnerable to being wronged; but we should also be aware that we are vulnerable to being disappointed or betrayed. We are vulnerable to disappointment or betrayal because we personally invest in one another. The aim of this presentation is to explore how a failure to consider personal investment alongside rights can deform public discussion of such topics as abortion, the status of people with dementia or other severe cognitive impairment, the ethical treatment of animals, and the ethical issues embedded within artificial intelligence.
October 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
Scotiabank Theatre Auditorium, Saint Mary’s University
Supported by The Rowland Marshall Public Philosophy Lecture Fund