This is a free event but registration is required in advance.
We human beings are social creatures who typically need to live near each other in order to survive and flourish. In Western societies, we are becoming acutely aware of these basic social needs as we face the realities of aging populations and eroded social welfare structures. To address real world problems of social need, we must understand the nature and moral significance of isolation, loneliness, and social mistreatment. This talk addresses some central issues in the ethics and politics of sociability. The talk offers 1) a defence of our core social human rights, 2) a critique of the liberal view of freedom of association; and 3) an account of key social virtues.
Kimberley Brownlee is an Associate Professor in Legal and Moral Philosophy. Before joining the University of Warwick in 2012, she was a Senior Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of Manchester. She has received an AHRC Networks and Workshops Grant (2008), an AHRC Research Leave Award (2009), and an Independent Social Research Foundation fellowship (2014). In 2012, she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize from the Leverhulme Trust. Kimberley is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aristotelian Society (2014-2017) and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Law and Philosophy, the Editorial Board of Criminal Law and Philosophy, and the Advisory Board of the Springer series in Ethics and Public Policy.
Her current work focuses on the ethics of sociability, social rights, human rights, and freedom of association. Her recent work focused on conscience and conscientious disobedience, ideals and virtue, philosophy of punishment, and restorative justice.
School of Law
University of Leeds