RAIMOND GAITA (hosted by Kamila Pacovská and Niklas Forsberg)
In this episode Kamila Pacovská and Niklas Forsberg speak with Raimond Gaita about a variety of philosophical topics including Academic Philosophy, Public Engagement, Populism, Trump, Climate Change Activism, Moral Exemplars, and Saintly Love, among many others. RAIMOND GAITA is Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School and The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at King's College London and a senior fellow of the Centre for Ethics as a Study in Human Value, University of Pardubice. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Award winning author and philosopher Raimond Gaita has been recognised for his exceptional contribution to moral philosophy.His most recent work, a book of essays expressing gratitude to people who have mattered to him, explores truth, truthfulness, self and voice. Recorded 29 May 2018
Hear from Raimond Gaita, author of Romulus, My Father as he tackles the big concepts of truth, truthfulness, self and voice in his writing. What do they mean when one is writing portraits that express gratitude to people one loves, unapologetically in a personally inflected voice? Raimond explains further:I’m writing a book of essays that express gratitude to, often love of, people I have known who have mattered deeply to me, some of whom have inspired me. I’ll include part of one of those essays in my lecture. Perhaps they are better described as elegies. Or, portraits. Some are of teachers, others of friends. One is of my late father-in-law. Writing about him I will, inevitably, write about my wife. The essays (I’ll continue to call them essays) will be worthless if they are not truthful in intent and achievement. In such small pieces (none is longer than 5,000 words) that explicitly express gratitude many things will be left unsaid and I’ll encounter the usual kinds of difficulties non-fiction writers do when they write about people. The difficulties inevitably lead to failures, many of them psychologically and ethically motivated. They make the ambition to be truthful appear naïve, perhaps even culpably so.Nonetheless, anyone who reads those essays will wonder, “Was that person really like that?” They won’t mean, ‘like that in some respects’. They will mean, ‘like that in essence’. I hope the answer will always be, yes. How could I not? Yet I know that I hope in the face of well know scepticism, often grounded in the observation that when you ask seven people what someone they know well is like, you are likely to get seven different answers, and that the differences may forever be unresolved. More radically, some will say that the difference cannot, in principle, be resolved in a way that could reveal what the person was really like because there nothing in this world, no fact, that is what someone is really like”, against which we could match narratives to assess their truthfulness. Against that, I’ll take heart from, and reflect upon, Iris Murdoch’s remark that to see the reality of another person is an act of love, justice and pity.
The Voice of Faith and Public Reason: Raimond Gaita
Faith and Culture: The Politics of Belief
Over four days, our 20 plus speakers – philosophers and theologians, historians and writers, believers and non-believers – will consider what it means to be religious, and what role the voice of faith may legitimately have in the conversations of citizens in a multicultural, democratic state and the community of nations. Launching our four-day weekend, series curator and acclaimed philosopher Raimond Gaita will deliver the opening keynote address. Throughout the series, after each keynote, we will be offering an opportunity for discussion and exchange, with many sessions accompanied by panels and rebuttals from other thinkers and speakers. Following his agenda-setting lecture ‘The Voice of Faith and Public Reason’, Gaita will be joined on the stage by Scott Stephens, Asma Barlas, Susan Neiman, and Bernadette Tobin to tease out his ideas, opening up the debate more widely. For the full text of this lecture plus transcripts and recordings of the series, visit our Faith and Culture archive.
Is it immoral even to consider the use of torture in some circumstances? If the State is threatened, should we be prepared to shelve human rights for an end we consider worthwhile? Raimond Gaita discusses a range of arguments about torture in this episode of Philosophy Bites.