The Role of Perspective in Ethics

We are all familiar with cases of moral conflict. The abolitionist thinks that slavery is morally wrong, the defender of slavery thinks it isn’t, and, as a result, of this disagreement they fight each other. But in that case, the abolitionist is correct, and the defender of slavery incorrect. Are there—could there be—cases of moral conflict in which *both* sides are correct? On the face of it the answer is no. This appearance notwithstanding, during this session, the presenter will argue that there are cases in which—in one important sense, at least—both sides in a moral conflict are right.

Session 2
Stuart Hall, Room 104