Brian Weatherson is the Marshall M. Weinberg Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His doctorate is from Monash University, and he works on epistemology, ethics and language.
If you don’t know what effect an action will have, but there’s a good chance it will seriously harm others, then you shouldn’t do it without a very good reason. Recently, several philosophers have argued for an extension of this principle. If you don’t know the moral status of an action, but there’s a good chance it is seriously wrong, you shouldn’t do it without a very good reason. Such a principle would have dramatic consequences for debates over abortion and vegetarianism. But, Weatherson argues, this principle is false. Moral risks are not, morally, as significant as physical risks.
Time: 11:00 pm
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / Library Room