Sixth Formers attended a conference on ethics by leading lecturer Peter Vardy. As well as touching on the origins of philosophy the subject was brought up to date with debates on animal rights and the use of drones in warfare.
The event, which took place at the Guildhall in Cambridge, was attended by hundreds of students from across the region. Our Sixth Formers were accompanied by Head of BPE, Ms Coombe. She said: 'Peter and Charlotte Vardy are well regarded and these events are always very popular and thought provoking, covering a range of subjects in an accessible way. As well as Year 12s studying philosophy, students in Year 13 and those wanting to go into medicine also attended as ethics is intrinsic and applicable to a range of university and higher education courses.'
Charlie Nunn said ‘My favourite bit was the debates where students could take to the floor and give their opinions on subjects.’ Jonathan Priest said: ‘Peter Vardy was very well spoken. His analogies were good and it was relevant to everyone there.’
Kris Logue added: ‘It was pretty fast paced. The best part was at the end with Pete Singer’s argument regarding human and animal life. I would definitely go again and would recommend it to other students.’
Alice Linden said: ‘As I was interested in medicine I thought there would be some medical ethics. They did a section on the sanctity of life including euthanasia, end of life ethics and abortion. It underlined the general importance of ethics, it is such a relatable topic and some of the ideas will be especially useful to discuss about at university interviews.'
Eliot Beeby said: ‘The trip was certainly beneficial to my course. I found the joint explanation of Aristotle's Virtue Ethics and Natural Law Theory very useful and insightful as well as finding the talk on the evolution of Human Rights very interesting. I also found the talk about drones and other such Just War issues interesting due to the ominous nature of the issue. There was also a very concise explanation of the ethical theories of Peter Singer revolving around the idea that humans and animals are equal and should have equal rights. Overall the conference was thought provoking, well rounded and worthwhile.’