In recent years, France has often erupted in protest over proposed burqa bans, Denmark has banned the ancient practice of male circumcision, and in our own neuroscience classes students debate the ethicality of deaf parents selecting genes to have deaf children. In cases like these, where the conflict is often between two different cultures and their own moral codes, how do we decide whose morality is better? Is it cultural imperialism to rule a cultural practice is immoral? CAN we even decide if certain individuals have better moral intuitions than others?
Join the PSU as we debate the key question at the heart of these issues: the relationship between Personal Experience and Universal Morality.
Martin Kavka, Professor of Religious Studies at LeHigh University
C.C. Pecknold, Professor of Theology at Catholic University of America