Professor David Archard, Queens University Belfast: Lecture postponed due to weather

Published: 1 February 2018

Event 10 April 2018: 'Senior Citizens: Rights, Duties and the Old'

Please note, this is the re-scheduled event from its original date of 1 March.


It is all too easy to think of the old within our society as the beneficiaries of collective care at the inequitable expense of others and at the same time as possessed of civic rights – such as that of voting - that are exercised to the detriment of the interests of those who will outlive them. Yet whilst we do have duties to the old there is reasonable disagreement as to the value of longer lives and the place of old age within these. Such disagreement can only be resolved by political deliberation. The right to vote should not be accorded only on the basis of a principle of affected interests. Moreover, the senior citizen has a particular status, perhaps not one as the repository of accumulated wisdom, but as that of our collective memory.

David Archard is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast. He is Honorary Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy and Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. For twelve years he was a Member and latterly the Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority.                                            

Professor Dudley Ross Knowles (1947 – 2014) was a renowned political philosopher who taught at Glasgow University from 1973 to 2011.  He was a staunch supporter of the Stevenson Trust and insisted that the Trust’s commitment to public education must include the contribution of political philosophy to examining issues of contemporary relevance in a manner accessible to all citizens.  In 2015 the Stevenson committee endorsed his view by instigating an annual public lecture on political philosophy in his memory.  

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 10 April at 6pm in the Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre and all are welcome. 

The lecture will be followed by discussion and a drinks reception at 7.30 p.m.  All staff, students, and members of the public are welcome.  No advance booking is necessary. 
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First published: 1 February 2018