Kate Pretty Lecture 2019

Photo: Onora O'Neill

The annual Kate Pretty Lecture for 2019 was given by renowned Philosopher, former President of the British Academy, and former Principal of Newnham College, Baroness Onora O'Neill, titled: 'Justice without Ethics'.

For centuries discussions of justice and ethics were seen as linked domains of duty in European thought and culture. In the twentieth century they were seen as diverging in marked, interesting and unsettling ways. There is now widespread acceptance that justice is a matter of respect for objectively justified human rights, but that other ethical standards lack wider justification and reflect either individual choice or shared standards. I shall argue that this view offers inadequate accounts both of justice and of other ethical standards.

The lecture took place on Thursday, 9 May 2019, attended by a sold out audience from within Homerton, the wider University and the general public.

Listen to an audio recording of the Lecture