Veritas Forum: How do we decide what is right? An interactive discussion about morality.
Murder, theft and rape are prohibited by law, but we also know it is ethically wrong. Furthermore, we try to calm a crying baby, we stand up for elderly and pregnant woman in the bus and donate money to aid organizations. Do we know this and act on it intuitively – is it in our nature – or because of the standards and values we have learned from our relatives? Is God necessary for morality? What determines our moral thinking and acting?
In this Veritas Forum, two experts give their view on these questions from different perspectives. Together with the audience they discuss the origin of morality and the role of family, friends, society and religion. On the basis of topical societal issues and practical examples we examine our own moral thinking and acting.
Dr.ir. Emanuel Rutten is a mathematician and philosopher working at the Abraham Kuyper Centre for Science and the Big Questions (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). His area of specialization is systematic philosophy (philosophy of religion, metaphysics and epistemology), but he is also active in aesthetics on the sublime and the sacred.
Dr. Wouter Kalf is a postdoctoral researcher and assistant professor in moral philosophy at Utrecht University. His current research is on moral error theory. He has published on moral error theory, emotivism and expressivism, the history of political philosophy, and applied ethics. He teaches philosophy of science at Utrecht University.
Doors open at 19.45 hrs. You are invited for a drink and further discussion afterwards.
The Veritas Forum
A Veritas Forum is an event organized at a university to discuss the big life questions from a scientific, religious and philosophical perspective. This Veritas Forum is organized jointly by students of Veritas-forum Eindhoven (student associations c.s.v. Ichthus Eindhoven & Emèt Qenee) and Studium Generale (TU/e).