‘What's the cause of climate change?
Standard answer: carbon emissions.
What's the cause of terror?
Standard answer: religious fundamentalism'
Professor Julian Savulescu argues that the greatest problems humanity now face are not the result of external threat, but are the result of human choice – but human moral limitations.
On Wednesday 17 May, Monash’s School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies (SOPHIS) hosted its second annual lecture presented by Professor Julian Savulescu, a Monash alumnus and one of the world’s leading experts in medical and practical ethics.
Professor Savulescu spoke about solutions for violence, global poverty and climate change through human moral bioenhancement. The night received a full house audience, captivated by the controversial concepts, with many raising interesting questions at the end. What does the dominant construct of liberal neutrality mean for our future? How are values tracked? What values are we committed to?
The full video of the evening:
Professor Julian Savulescu has held the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford since 2002. He holds degrees in medicine, neuroscience and bioethics. He is Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, one of three strategic centres in biomedical ethics in the UK funded by the Wellcome Trust. In 2014, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award to work on Responsibility and Health Care.
He is also Director of the Institute for Science and Ethics within the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, where he examines the ethical implications of technology affecting the mind, as well as leading an interdisciplinary programme on collective responsibility for infectious disease. In 2017, he will establish the interdisciplinary Wellcome Centre for Ethics, Innovation, Globalisation and Medicine with co-Directors in Public Health, Psychiatry and History.
He is Editor of Journal of Medical Ethics and founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics. He is the Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University and Honorary Professorial Fellow at FloreyNeuroscience Institutes. He received an honorary doctorate from University of Bucharest in 2014.