Could Covid-19 spark a Moral Revolution?

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Could the disruptions and adjustments necessitated by Covid-19 spark a moral revolution?

The ongoing pandemic and lockdown are causing lots of re-evaluations. Might long-lasting changes take place, not just in economic activity and political power, but also in the sets of moral ideas that animate society? And what would this mean in practice?

These are the topics explored by John Danaher, academic and lecturer at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, in his recent article "Will Covid-19 Spark a Moral Revolution? Eight Possibilities", https://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/2020/04/will-covid-19-spark-moral-revolution.html

Among other questions, the article considers:

*) What is a moral revolution anyway?
*) How might Covid-19 revolutionise morality?
*) What opposition might arise to potential moral revolutions?

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To register and attend this event, visit https://www.crowdcast.io/e/could-covid-19-spark-a/

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This 90 minute London Futurists live webinar features John Danaher, https://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/p/about.html in discussion with David Wood, Chair of London Futurists, and with panellists:

*) Diana Fleischman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/diana-fleischman
*) Anders Sandberg, Senior Research Fellow @ Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford, https://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/team/anders-sandberg/

The discussion is also likely to address key issues raised by John in his Philosophical Disquisitions blog https://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/ (tagline: "Things hid and barr'd from common sense") and in his 2019 book "Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World without Work" https://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/p/books.html

Attendees will be welcome to raise questions and vote to prioritise questions raised by others.

The webinar will start broadcasting at 4pm UK time on Saturday 2nd May. To find this time in other timezones, you can use this calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200502T150000&p1=136

** Note this is two hours LATER than the previous usual start-time for Saturday London Futurists event. The change in time is to make participation easier for people in western timezones **

You are advised to log into Crowdcast up to 10 minutes ahead of the publicised start time of the event, so you won't miss the start of the live broadcast. You'll be able to exchange text messages with other attendees as soon as you arrive.

** In case of any difficulties in connecting to the live video content, first try refreshing your screen, and then if need be, press the Help button at the top of the screen and choose the 'Compatibility Mode'. Crowdcast works well on most browsers most of the time, but Chrome is particularly recommended. **

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To register and attend this event, visit https://www.crowdcast.io/e/could-covid-19-spark-a/

A small fee (UKP £2.50) is being charged to register for this event, in order to help offset the costs incurred by London Futurists with the Crowdcast and other software.

If you judge yourself as unable to pay this fee, you can use a special discount coupon code, available on the registration page, to register for free (but only 40 such tickets are available).

As a comparison, £2.50 is probably less than the travel and refreshments costs that most people would have incurred in travelling to a physical gathering of London Futurists.

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