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Wednesday, 9 December 2009, 12:00PM
Museum of London

Death Control: The Last Taboo? - Part Two 'Religious Perspectives on Euthanasia' and 'Can Philosophy Calm Anxieties?'

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA, Professor Richard Sorabji FBA

Euthanasia, whilst becoming a more frequent topic for comment in the Press, is still viewed with as much suspicion as eugenics a hundred years ago.  Ethical issues, legal and financial questions are touched on but tend to provoke well-worn responses.  This Symposium provides an opportunity for serious debate on this important topic.

This part of the symposium consists of the following talks:

        Religious Perspectives on Euthanasia
        by Professor Keith Ward DD FBA

        "Our Little Life is Rounded with a Sleep"
        ...Can Philosophy Calm Anxieties?
        by Professor Richard Sorabji CBE FBA

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Professor Keith Ward was the Gresham Professor of Divinity between 2004 and 2008.  He has a BA from the University of Wales, an MA from the University of Cambridge, an MA and B Litt from the University of Oxford, a DD from Cambridge and a DD from Oxford.

He has held Lecturer posts in Logic at the University of Glasgow, Philosophy at St Andrew's, Philosophy of Religion at King's College London. He was Fellow, Dean and Director of Studies in Philosophy and in Theology at Trinity Hall Cambridge, where he was also Lecturer in Divinity. He was the F D Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology at the University of London, where he was also Professor and Head of Department of History and Philosophy of Religion.

Professor Ward is an ordained priest in the Church of England and was until 2003 Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam, is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and of the University of Wales. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and a member of the editorial boards of Religions Studies, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Studies in Inter-Religious Dialogue, and World Faiths Encounter. He has been a Visiting Professor at Drake University, Iowa, at Claremont Graduate School, California and at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also holds the Regius Professorship of Divinity at the University of Oxford for over a decade.  Professor Ward has delivered numerous prestigious public lectures and is the author of many books.

Professor Ward succeeded Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson and was succeeded by Professor the Lord Harries of Pentregarth.
All of Professor Ward's previous lectures may be accessed here.

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Professor Richard Sorabji was Professor of philosophy at King's College London between 1970 and 2000.  Before that he was an Associate Professor at Cornell University, 1962-69.  Since 2000 he held posts as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric at (2000-03), Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (2000-), Distinguished Visiting Scholar at New York University (2000-03), and Visiting Professor at the City University of New York (2004-07). In 2008, he became Cyprus Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.
He is also an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, a member of the Senior Common Room of Pembroke College, Oxford, and a member of the Sub-Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of The British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Fellow of King's College London, a Fellow of Gresham College (2003-04), and a Research Fellow of the Institute of Classical Studies.
Previous posts include Founding Director of the King's Centre for Philosophical Studies (1989-91), British Academy Research Professor (1996-99), Director of the Institute of Classical Studies (1991-96), and President of the Aristotelian Society (1985-86).
He is founder and director of the international 'Ancient Commentators on Aristotle' project devoted to the publication of translations of philosophical texts from the period 200-600 AD, texts that formed the necessary bridge between ancient philosophy and later thought both in Medieval Islam and in the Latin-speaking West. To date over 60 volumes have been completed.

All of Professor Sorabji's previous lectures may be accessed here.

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9 December 2009

Death Control: The Last Taboo? - Part Two 'Religious Perspectives on Euthanasia' and 'Can Philosophy Calm Anxieties?'
Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Professor Richard Sorabji FBA

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