November’s Cafe will invite the audience to consider what repulses us, and how our negative emotions connect to how we make judgements about right and wrong.
Does disgust have a role in shaping morality?
In evolutionary terms, it may have evolved as a means of helping us avoid sources of infection and disease, like rotting food. However, some philosophers have argued that disgust can serve as a reliable guide to spotting morally problematic phenomena (such as human cloning), and that it therefore embodies a kind of moral wisdom. Others point out that disgust can create prejudice and hatred. Can we rely on disgust to guide us in living a moral life? Or would we do better to try to ignore its promptings?
Starting at 7.30 pm in the Cafe Bar at the Gate Arts Centre.
Presenter will be Dr Chris Groves (BRASS, Cardiff University).
Below the fold, you’ll find a quickie bad-taste poll designed to highlight how disgust operates. Click on the images to enlarge them.