"Contributions of Physics to Ethics: Nuclear Weapons, Free Will, and the Good Life"

Who: Carl Mitcham (Colorado School of Mines, USA)

Place: Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC). Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal, 4, Donostia

Date: Monday, 16 February 2015, 12:00

Prof. Carl Mitcham (Colorado School of Mines)


Contributions of Physics to Ethics:

Nuclear Weapons, Free Will, and the Good Life


When discussing relationships between ethics and physics, emphasis commonly falls on the internal ethics of physics research: the responsible conduct of research in dealing with conflicts of interest, data acquisition and dissemination, health and safety, humans subjects, mentoring, and more. Externalist ethics commonly emphasizes the social utility of physics: giving human beings greater insight into the nature of reality and enhanced control over physical processes. Less common is any discussion of the influence of physics on ethical thinking among scholars outside of the physics community. This talk will briefly introduce an outsider?s perspective that highlights a few contributions physics has made to ethical thinking about nuclear weapons, free will, and the good life among selective scholars in the science, technology, and society community ? and suggests opportunities for more.

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