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To See or Not to See: Recovering Moral Vision in a Media Saturated Age
Fri. 11 March 2016, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm AEST
To See or Not to See: Join the ABC's Online Editor of Religion and Ethics, Scott Stephens who says one of the more remarkable features of our time is the altogether uncritical attitude we display toward the incessant and instantaneous information now at our disposal. But has the media’s intermingling of the true, the trivial and the manufactured cluttered our field of vision? Has the very immediacy of insoluble global problems eroded our capacity for authentic moral action? It is little wonder that a vital moral concern for philosophers, theologians and intellectuals – like Kierkegaard, W.H. Auden, Iris Murdoch, Hannah Arendt, Ivan Illich and Susan Sontag – has been the importance of limiting our knowledge, of restricting our vision. Perhaps it is time for us to revisit the ethics of seeing.
About Scott Stephens: Scott Stephens is Editor of the ABC's Religion and Ethics website, and specialist commentator on religion and ethics for ABC radio and television. He is also co-host (with Waleed Aly) of The Minefield on Radio National. He presented two series of the critically acclaimed "Life's Big Questions" program on ABC1, and is guest presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC local radio, as well as Philosopher’s Zone and Counterpoint on Radio National. He has published widely on moral philosophy, theology and political theory, and is currently writing a book on whether public ethics can survive in a media age, and is editing two further books on political Islam and the “Arab Spring” and political theology. Before coming to the ABC, he taught theological ethics and Hebrew exegesis for many years, and served as a lay pastor in the Uniting Church in Australia.
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