Can Science Help Us Make Wise Moral Judgments?

Can Science Help Us Make Wise Moral Judgments?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by the Lyceum Society

 

Due to illness, Paul Kurtz, PhD, will not be speaking at this meeting. His colleague and co-author, Austin Dacey, PhD, will be speaking in his place.

The Lyceum Society is comprised of the Academy's retired and semiretired members, but any Academy member is welcome. Talks cover various scientific fields.

All Lyceum meetings (except December and June) are Brown Bag lunches.
Brown Bag: 11:30 am; Lecture & Discussion: 1pm to 3 pm.

Abstract

Can science and reason be used to develop ethical judgments? Many theists claim that without religious foundations, "anything goes," and social chaos will ensue. Scientific naturalists believe that secular societies already have developed responsible ethical norms and that science and reason have helped us to solve moral dilemmas. How and in what sense this occurs are vital issues that need to be discussed in contemporary society, for this may very well be the hottest issue of the twenty-first century.