Michael Ignatieff, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Is Moral Progress Possible?”

Presented by the Hall Center for the Humanities

04.07.2016. WEB PhotoIn a world where violence and turmoil are more visible than ever, is it still possible to ague, as our Victorian forebears might have done, that human history is a story of moral progress? If technological and scientific progress are ideas beyond dispute, why is the idea of moral progress so contested? Born in Canada, educated at the University of Toronto and Harvard, Michael Ignatieff is the Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He holds a doctorate in history from Harvard University and has held academic posts at the University of British Columbia, Cambridge University, the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics, and Harvard, where he was Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy between 2000 and 2005. Between 2006 and 2011, he served as an MP in the Parliament of Canada and then as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition. He is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and holds eleven honorary degrees. He also currently serves as Centennial Chair at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York.

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