Integrity in public life is a key ethical issue of the day. The Open University Philosophy Department has organised a series of free lectures by eminent speakers in May and June 2009. These are all free, but places need to be booked (see below)
6th May - Dr John Githongo: The Paradox of Two Recessions
John Githongo, the Kenyan anti-corruption campaigner now working as Senior Advisor - Advocacy, World Vision UK, will consider some of the scandals that have come to light as the economic tide has gone out in European business. He will compare the apparent paradox whereby economic upturn and democratic recession have gone together in Africa.
20th May - Lord Butler: Integrity and Politics
Lord Butler will draw on his experience as a previous head of the Civil Service, and lead author of the Butler Report, to discuss the ethical pitfalls facing politicians and civil servants, and how to avoid them.
27th May - Professor John Cottingham: Integrity and Fragmentation
Professor Cottingham, the distinguished philosopher from the University of Reading, will argue that we are harmed by living in a compartmentalised culture. Our institutions are manned by specialists who have mastered a particular field, but are not expected to form a view of the whole. Yet the classical ideal of the unity of the virtues suggests that people cannot live well unless their activities are integrated into a meaningful structure, informed not just by narrow technical expertise but by an overall vision of the good for humankind. We need this idea today.
17th June - Baroness O'Neill: Trustworthiness, Accountability and Character
Baroness O'Neill, cross-bench peer and President of the British Academy, focuses on the place of trust in public life, and explores what we should take as evidence of trustworthiness. Character, codes of conduct and formal systems of accountability can all be helpful for judging trustworthiness, but what can we do when they don't provide enough evidence?
These free, open to all lunchtime lectures will be hosted at St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London from 12.50 - 2pm.
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Places are limited, to book your place please email Marie-Claire Le Roux on firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadlines by 29th April for Dr John Githongo’s lecture, 13th May for Lord Butler’s lecture, 20th May for Prof. Cottingham’s lecture, 10th June for Baroness O’Neill’s lecture.