‘Conscience, freedom of conscience and freedom of speech’

Starting with the origin of the peculiarly Greek term for conscience and its adoption by Romans and Christians, the focus of the lecture was on freedom of conscience and freedom of speech. There was some reference to their history, to certain current mistreatments, of freedom of speech, and to India's improvement in its law on these mistreatments. But the question was also raised whether there are still better ways of showing what freedom of speech should be about.

Sir Richard Sorabji is an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He is author of 15 volumes of books, editor of over 100 volumes of translation of late Greek Philosophy and editor or co-editor a further 10 volumes in the History of Philosophy. He has written two books on India, Gandhi and the Stoics, a treatment of Gandhi's philosophical thinking (Oxford), and The Untold Story of Cornelia Sorabji: Reformer, Lawyer and Champion of Women's Rights in India(Penguin India). His Moral Conscience Through the Ages was published by Oxford in the UK, December 2014.

Vijay Tankha is the Head of the Department of Philosophy at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015
CSDS Seminar Room