Falstad lecture by professor Per Nordtvedt at
Nord university, Levanger 10.00–11.45
The current situation of global poverty and growing refugee and environmental crisis is extremely morally demanding and action is urgent. Given the enormous inequalities in wealth and well-being on the global arena, we have a moral responsibility to current and future generations, But what role does empathy play in shaping our judgement of our moral responsibility and in motivating us to act on this moral responsibility? Is an ethics based upon emotions and proximity capable of dealing with these challenges on the global arena and is the alternative – ethical consequentialism – any better?