Episode 31 - The Secular Conscience, Part 1
May 31, 2010
Part one of a two-part lecture on bioethics by philosopher Austin Dacey, former United Nations representative of the Center for Inquiry. On May 24, 2008, Dr. Dacey presented a lecture entitled “The Secular Conscience” at the Center for Inquiry / Transnational in Amherst, New York. The talk was drawn from his book of the same name.
Dacey calls for a bold rethinking of the nature of conscience and its role in public life. Inspired by an earlier liberal tradition he traces to Spinoza and John Stuart Mill, Dacey urges liberals to lift their self-imposed gag order and defend a renewed secularism based on the objective moral value of conscience.