Events Calendar

Huxley Lecture - Chris Hann
Wednesday 18 December 2019, 05:30pm - 07:30pm
Hits : 873
by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE HUXLEY MEMORIAL LECTURE

will be given by

Professor Chris Hann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Wednesday 18 December at 5.30pm, in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.

Economy and Ethics in the Cosmic Process

When, late in life, T.H. Huxley returned to the themes of evolution and religion, he did so with a focus on ethics. But his audience was puzzled (and Herbert Spencer dismissive): how could morality be explained in Darwinian terms if man’s destiny was to combat the amoral laws of the “cosmic process”? These issues are still with us. While Huxley paid little attention to political and economic institutions, this lecture will consider the historical materialism of that era and arguments for socialism (rejected by the liberal Huxley). How can human societies evolve a healthy balance between private and collective property, market and redistribution, efficiency and equity, economic maximization and ethics? The difficulties will be illustrated with reference to the rise and fall of a State Farm in the western zone of the Great Hungarian Plain (Danube-Tisza interfluve).   

The event is free, but places must be booked. Please book your place at https://chrishann.eventbrite.co.uk

Enquiries to: RAI, 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5 BT; tel 020 7387 0455; email

Location: Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Centre
British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3DG
United Kingdom