This program is presented by the Department of Philosophy & Classics at the University of Regina. With the school year winding down, this will be the final installment of the 2013-14 academic year. The presenter is Paul Omoyefa, who is an instructor in philosophy at Campion College. The topic he’ll be addressing is “Raising Ethical Standards Above the Law: A Route to a Peaceful Society”.
I couldn’t find a synopsis of the talk anywhere, but judging from the title, one area Omoyefa might address is the notion that human morality isn’t necessarily limited to the formal system of laws that govern our behaviour. Just because an action is legal, for instance, doesn’t automatically make it moral. Similarly, just because an action might be illegal, doesn’t always make it immoral.
All that’s just conjecture on my part. But it does plumb a fairly grey area that departs from black and white notions of what might be right and what might be wrong that a lot of politicians seem to adhere to these days. You can find out more by attending Omoyefa’s talk, which goes Tuesday, April 1 in the basement lounge at Artesian on 13th at 7:30 p.m.