J-J. Rousseau' Annual Lecture and Conference

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Posted on 08 December 2016

The Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research Centre (Director: Professor Sorin Baiasu, Philosophy, SPIRE) convened the 9th edition of the ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference on 25 and 26 November 2016.

These annual events celebrate the famous Swiss philosopher’s stay in the little Staffordshire village of Wootton between 22 March 1766 and 1 May 1767, when he wrote the first drafts of the "Confessions".

In addition, the events are usually scheduled to follow closely after the UNESCO World Philosophy Day. The 2016 Annual Lecture was given on 25 November by Professor Julian Savulescu, an Australian philosopher and bioethicist based at Oxford (Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford).

In his Annual Lecture “Kant on Motivational Enhancement”, he defended the morality of motivational enhancement and examined the Kantian roots of his practical ethics. On 26 November, Professor Savulescu contributed to a paper on "Responsibility, Conscientious Objection and Health Care” to the ‘Rousseau’ Annual Conference on “Justice and Responsibility”.

Papers were also given by academics from Cambridge, Cardiff and Glasgow. Comments from Keele academics based in Law, Politics and Philosophy, and the general discussion with academics from Keele and members of the general public in attendance, contributed to the huge success of this year’s ‘Rousseau’ events.