Haldane Room, Wolfson College
Monday, 5 November 2012 - 5:30pm


Moral Conscience Through the Ages in Relation to Law, Justice and Society

The Haldane Room, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford

Professor Richard Sorabji, Honorary Fellow, Wolfson College. 
The surprising and unrecognized meaning of the terms for conscience was established in the 500 years from the playwrights of the fifth century BCE down to Paul.

Arguments for freedom of conscience were laid down between 200 and 400 CE and Locke simply repeats these in the seventeenth century, although Milton and the radical Levellers expanded the area for freedom of conscience. Adam Smith brought back Stoic and Epicurean ideas, while Gandhi assimilated conscience to Socrates' guardian spirit.
Recent events suggest that the balance between freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion need constant readjustment.