What sort of person would be willing to do whatever it takes – good or evil – in order to bring about a good result? Dr. Gary Atkinson, philosophy professor at St. Thomas, will explore this question in a colloquium at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Room 301, Aquinas Hall.
He will focus on consequentialism, an ethical approach that evaluates actions as right or wrong entirely on the basis of their results. To be a consequentialist, he will argue, is to be ready to do anything and to see oneself as the sort of person to whom this readiness is befitting. He then will describe a kind of portrait of such a person.
Atkinson has numerous publications in ethical theory and also in applied ethics, especially biomedical ethics and business ethics. He has taught at St. Thomas since 1980 and is currently chair of the Philosophy Department.
All interested people are invited to the colloquium. Refreshments will be served.