The Practical, the Political and the Ethical seminar series

The Practical, the Political and the Ethical seminar series
22 January 2019, 5.30pm - 7.15pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Ever More Worlds to Conquer?

Alex Dietz (Cardiff)

Will people ever run out of things to achieve? Will we ever reach a day when everyone will no longer have any alternative but to be always, in effect, on vacation? In this talk, I will discuss what limits to the opportunities for achievement could look like, and offer reasons for thinking that we might indeed face them. I will then discuss three ways in which we might respond to these limits. First, we could insist that lives of leisure would be well worth living. Second, we could take measures to avoid hitting the limits, such as smashing the machines that threaten to take our jobs. Or third, we could hold that, when we have finished all there is to do, it may be time to ride off into the sunset.

The Institute of Philosophy hosts a regular workshop series entitled ‘The Practical, the Political, and the Ethical’. The series was created in 2015 by Véronique Munoz-Dardé (UCL) and Hallvard Lillehammer (Birkbeck) in order to discuss work in progress from visiting speakers. This year the series is convened by Robert Simpson (UCL) and Joe Horton (UCL). The seminar generally meets on alternate Tuesdays from 5.30 to 7.15pm in the spring and summer terms. Talks are normally 50 minutes (no pre-circulation of the paper), followed by discussion. All are welcome.  


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