The Contribution of Religion to Ethics by Michael J. Reiss

How should we decide what is morally right and what is morally wrong? For much of human history, the teachings of religion were presumed to be a large part of the answer. Over time, two developments challenged this. The first was the establishment of the discipline of moral philosophy. Foundational texts, such as Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, and the growth of coherent, non-religious approaches to ethics, notably utilitarianism, served to marginalise the role of religion. And then the twentieth century saw the rapid growth of evolutionary biology with an enthusiastic presumption that biology was the source of ethics. What space do such developments leave for religion in ethics?   One can be most confident about the validity and worth of an ethical conclusion if three

By |2019-05-03T19:11:38+01:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

ISSR 2019 Summer Conference Website and Call for Papers Now Live

Dear all, As the summer approaches, we are preparing for our 2019 summer conference which will be held from 21-24 July at the Eynsham Hall Hotel just outside of Oxford. This conference, which will be formed in part by the ISSR's Religion and the Social Brain research project, promises to be an engaging event both intellectually and socially. In preparation for the conference, we have launched a new website dedicated to ISSR conferences. On this website you will be able to read about the conference, location, as well as register, submit an abstract, and pay registration fees. We will be emailing out a formal Call for Papers in the coming days, but we wanted to ensure that you had an opportunity to visit the website and begin thinking

By |2019-04-25T17:41:29+01:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: ISSR Statements, News, Science & Religion News|Tags: , , , , , |