Ethics of Everyday Life

A discussion with the author, Dr Michael Banner, on his new book 'The Ethics of Everyday Life'.

The Ethics of Everyday Life (OUP) with the author, Dr Michael Banner (Dean, Trinity College, University of Cambridge).

'This book takes as its starting point the fact that the significant moments in Christ's human life, as noticed in the creeds (his conception, birth, suffering, death, and burial), would equally figure on a syllabus in social anthropology. These moments are of concern in every human life. Moreover, they are sites of contention and controversy where what it is to be human is discovered, constructed, and contested, as plainly indicated by the controversies surrounding IVF, abortion, euthanasia, the use of bodies and body parts post‐mortem. If, however, the Christian imagination of human being is to come into conversation with other moral imaginaries of the human, then, moral theology will need to be reconceived and be willing to engage with and learn from social anthropology. The book aims to provide the outlines of an everyday ethics, drawing on Christian thought and practice from many periods as well as on current work in social anthropology. It thus seeks to understand and explicate crucial practices which structure human life from before the cradle to beyond the grave.'

With responses from Professor Oliver O’Donovan (Emeritus Professor, New College) and several New College PhD students including Nomi Pritz-Bennett, Chris Medland and Joanna Leidenhag

The event will be chaired by Professor Mona Siddique (New College).

You can view fragments of the book on the website of Oxford University Press: The Ethics of Everyday Life

Followed by drinks reception.

All welcome!

08.05.2018 | 5.00pm-6.30pm