Silver Street, Hull
Imagine two negligent drivers, each fiddling with their radio controls while driving. By pure chance, one of them kills a pedestrian, while the other doesn’t. We tend to blame the killer much more; but has this driver really acted any more wrongly than the non-killer? And if so, what does this tell us about ethics, and should we try to change our attitudes? These are the problems of moral luck I will discuss in my talk, and I will argue that our sentiments have their source in ancient views of pollution we might now want to reject in favour of a morality based solely on what we will.
Roger Crisp is Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of three books. Two are on past philosophers – J.S. Mill and Henry Sidgwick – and one is on his own views, which are not dissimilar to those of Mill and Sidgwick.