Samuel G. Dunn Lectureship in the Medical Humanities
Ethics for the Anthropocene
Larry R. Churchill, PhD
Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics Emeritus
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Thursday, June 9, 2022
12:00pm — 1:00pm
This talk will review the basic scientific findings regarding global warming, with emphasis on its health consequences. The current American ethical norms will be contrasted with the ethics needed for human adaptation and survival. Five toxic cultural assumptions will be examined, and alternatives put forward. It will be argued that E. O. Wilson’s biophilia is a key part of any future ethics. The role of bioethics in adaptation to the Anthropocene era will be explored and a list of books and films for education about the Anthropocene will be offered.
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