The Jacobsen Lecture 2019 with Barbara Herman

The Jacobsen Lecture 2019 with Barbara Herman
29 May 2019, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
The Senate Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This year's Jacobsen lecture will be given by Barbara Herman,
Griffin Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at UCLA.

Challenges of Beneficence: Revising the Terms

Familiar accounts of beneficence take as its target human need.  If, as is the case in our world, need is large, beneficence threatens to be demanding, interfering with our lives and our relationships.  Working from some Kantian insights and arguments, I lay out an alternative, focused on engaging with a person’s ends rather than meeting needs, that sets up three distinct duties to provide assistance, not one.  The upshot may (or may not) be demanding, but not in a way that is objectionably interfering.



The Jacobsen Lecture

The Jacobsen Lecture was established in the 1980s following a donation to the University from Mr J. A. B. Jacobsen. Along with the Lecture, Mr Jacobsen also funded the creation of a research fellowship and an essay prize which are all on the subject of philosophy. The Jacobsen trust funds are based at the Institute of Philosophy within the School of Advanced Study. The funds are overseen by the Jacobsen Committee which is comprised of academics from Philosophy Departments across the University of London Colleges.  

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