"Many people believe that religion is the necessary basis of morality ... But the converse is true. A rational, fact-based, life-promoting morality is impossible on religious premises. Indeed, religion clashes with every rational principle and factual requirement of a proper, life-advancing ethics. A proper ethics, one capable of promoting flourishing human life on earth, requires the utter repudiation of religion—of all of its premises, tenets, implications, and consequences."
Andrew Bernstein will justify this stark conclusion and discuss the consequences. Andrew Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has taught Philosophy at the State University of New York at Purchase, Marist College, Hunter College, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and other New York-area universities. He was selected as “Teacher of the Year” at both SUNY Purchase—and at Marymount College. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG), where he taught Business Ethics.
Dr. Bernstein is the author of The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire (University Press of America, 2005), Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Hamilton Books, 2008), Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (University Press of America, 2010), and Capitalist Solutions: A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas (Transaction Publishers, 2011). Additionally, he has published numerous essays, many in The Objective Standard, for which he is a contributing editor, and many in other publications, including op-ed essays for Forbes.com. His op-eds have appeared in—among other newspapers— the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press. In[masked], he was the Hayek Research Fellow at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism at Clemson University, where he taught courses in Economics and in Political Science and, principally, researched and wrote the first draft of his forthcoming book, Heroes and Hero Worship: An Examination of the Nature and Importance of Heroism.
The formal session will last one hour, from 1930 to 2030.
6 o'clock dining club.
The Sedan Room is available from 1800 for eating and there is an informal "dining club" at that time. Food should be ordered upstairs, but may be also ordered downstairs if you tell them where you are.
Ordering food is encouraged right up to 7 o'clock and after the Q&A too. Kitchen closes at 9pm. The pub menu has good traditional options (http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub/two-chairmen-public-house-westminster/c0677/menu/) for most tastes.
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The event is also Live Streamed (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/religion-vs-morality-live-stream-with-andrew-bernstein-tickets-31465318615) but Londoners are expected to pay a staying-on-the-sofa tax of £5 "for your health".