Together we can often achieve things that are impossible to do on our own
We can prevent something bad from happening, or we can produce something good, even if none of us could do it by ourselves. But when are we morally required to do something of moral importance together with others?
Join Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher, as she discusses her new book, Getting Our Act Together: A Theory of Collective Moral Obligations with Professor Julian Savulescu.
Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Murdoch University
Dr Schwenkenbecher is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy in the College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences at Murdoch University. Before joining Murdoch in June 2013, she held appointments at The University of Melbourne, the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) at Australian National University, the University of Vienna, and Potsdam University. Her PhD in Philosophy (2009) is from Humboldt University of Berlin. Anne was also an Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow on the Oxford Martin Programme for Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease.
She is the author of Terrorism: A Philosophical Enquiry (2012). Her articles on collective action and obligations have appeared in The Monist, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Synthese, Ethics & International Affairs, and the Journal of Applied Philosophy.
Professor Julian Savulescu
Director, Oxford Martin Programme for Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease
Professor Julian Savulescu has held the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford since 2002. He has degrees in medicine, neuroscience and bioethics. He directs the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics within the Faculty of Philosophy, and leads a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award on Responsibility and Health Care.
He directs the Oxford Martin Programme for Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease at the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He co-directs the interdisciplinary Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities in collaboration with Public Health, Psychiatry and History.
In 2017, he joined the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, spending four months per year as Visiting Professorial Fellow in Biomedical Ethics where he is working to establish a programme in biomedical ethics, and Melbourne University as Distinguished International Visiting Professor in Law.
In 2018, he concluded an extended tenure as Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, the highest impact journal in the field, and is founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics, an open access journal in practical ethics. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest in 2014.