Ethics matter to all of us, but how can we tell right from wrong in a complex world? Is ‘meaning well’ enough to make a decision the right one, or do actions speak louder than words? How do we judge the person who makes an evil choice for all the wrong reasons, but ends up doing good as a result? From adoption in the 1960s, to ‘people-smugglers’ and the individual decisions we make to give to charity, join a panel of distinguished guests to discuss why acts, intentions and consequences often don’t line up, and whether we should even dare to judge in a morally messy world.
Come here Leslie interview the following fascinating panelists and get to the bottom of some of the most fascinating ethical conundrums.
Where: The Edge, Federation Square, cnr. Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne
*This is event is free to the public. *
Maria Tumarkin is an author and cultural historian. Her books and essays explore questions of trauma, identity, memory and moral courage. She holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne and is a 2013-14 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.
Jayne Josem has a Masters in Public History from Monash University and is currently the Curator and Head of Collections at the Jewish Holocaust Centre.
Tony Coady is one of Australia’s best-known political philosophers. He has an international reputation for his writings on political violence and political ethics. He was the founding director of the Centre for Philosophy and Public Issues at the University of Melbourne and in 2005 his Uehiro Lectures on Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford were published as Messy Morality: the Challenge of Politics.