Roger Jennings – Objectivity and Subjectivity in Moral Choice

Date(s) - 02/07/2023
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Duke of Battersea

What are the distinguishing features of the individual and collective moral choices which we make in our lives i.e. those regarding what we should or shouldn’t do? Are there objective criteria by which such choice can be made or is it necessarily subjective and so liable to vary from one person to another? Are some things just right or wrong in themselves or should they be judged by their likely consequences and, if so, how can these be evaluated? We will examine different approaches to ethics – including so-called virtue ethics and utilitarianism – and consider the possible role of reason, emotion, aesthetic sensibility and religious belief. Relevant to the issues which we will consider are two papers: Moral Certainty or Moral Relativism? and What’s So Good About Happiness? These can be accessed directly via the following links:

Microsoft Word – Moral Certainty or Moral Relativism.doc (

Happiness.pdf (

Handout for talk – Objectivity and Subjectivity in Moral Choice

Roger will give his talk in The Duke of Battersea, but this meeting will also be on Zoom see SLPC Zoom Meeting