Renowned philosophers from the UK and abroad visit St. Andrews and talk one-on-one about their work with a member of CEPPA

The 1st Series of CEPPA Chats was launched on 27 April, with each 15-20 minute Chat featuring a philosopher talking about his or her specialist subject in a conversational, accessible way.  From tolerance to war, from contributing to charity to contributing to climate change, and from animals to superintelligent artificial beings, these nine eminent philosophers tackle the most challenging ethical conundrums of our time.

Follow us @_CEPPA as we release a new Chat every Monday at 4pm.  The schedule is as follows:


27 April: Susan Wolf, Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill

Are we to blame for not doing more to reduce global human suffering?


4 May: Roger Crisp, Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, St Anne’s College and Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford

Is private property a force for good or for evil?


11 May: Julia Nefsky, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Do individual choices make a difference to large-scale problems?


18 May: John Haldane, J. Newton Rayzor, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University

Is self-censorship a demand of citizenship?


25 May: Thomas Schmidt, Professor, Humboldt University – Berlin

What can we reasonably expect from an ethical theory?


1 June: Jeff McMahan, White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford

How should we treat animals?


8 June: Hilary Greaves, Professor of Philosophy, University of Oxford & Director of Global Priorities Institute

Is the alleviation of global poverty and illness really the best use of our drive to do good in the world?


15 June: Helen Frowe, Professor of Practical Philosophy and Wallenberg Academy Research Fellow, Stockholm University

Can the moral distinction between combatants and non-combatants be defended?


22 June: Cecile Fabre, Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College and Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Oxford

Should war always be the last resort?