Ethical Rationalism and the Law
What role does reason have to play in determining what, if anything, is morally right? What role does morality have to play in law? Perhaps the most controversial answer to these fundamental questions is that reason supports a supreme principle of both morality and legality. This project seeks to cast a fresh critical eye over the coherence of modern approaches to ethical rationalism within law, and reflect on the intellectual history on which it builds. The project will then take the debate beyond the traditional concerns of legal theory into areas such as the relationship between morality and international law, and the impact of ethically controversial medical innovations on legal understanding.
In October 2015, a group of scholars in law and philosophy will gather to consider these issues. This conference, 'Ethical Rationalism and the Law', which is a joint project between, and funded by, the University of Bristol Law School and Durham CELLS, will be held in the Senate Rooms of Durham Castle on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 October 2015.
This conference has a very limited number of places available to those with an interest in the area to attend without charge. To register to attend, please contact Mrs Marion Tait.
The organisers are:
- Professor Patrick Capps, University of Bristol Law School
- Professor Shaun Pattinson, Durham Law School
For various materials associated with the conference please visit the conference website.