The 2008 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series

Evolutionary biologists and economists discuss the Origin of Ethics. Left to right: G. Bell, M. Milinski, T. Bergstrom, P. Seabright, and S. West. (Owen Egan)

» Symposium participants

Paul Seabright, Professor of Economics, University of Toulouse, presents his view on the Origin of Ethics. (Owen Egan)

Manfred Milinksi, Executive Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology, presents his view on the Origin of Ethics. (Owen Egan)

Paul Seabright, Professor of Economics (Toulouse) and Stuart West, Professor of Evolutionary Biology (Edinburgh) discuss the Origin of Ethics. (Owen Egan)

Graham Bell, Department of Biology, McGill University and Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Département des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal participate in the Roundtable Discussion. (Mark R. Groot)

» Origin of Ethics - Roundtable Discussion

Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium 2008. APES OR ANGELS: What Is the Origin of Ethics?What is the Origin of Ethics?

Philosophers have debated this question for centuries. And now economists and evolutionary biologists are set to debate this at the annual Trottier Symposium. In honor of Charles Darwin's 150th anniversary of the publication of his Theory of Natural Selection, this year's Symposium brings together an international panel of experts in economics and evolutionary biology to see what economic theory and natural selection have to say about ethics and human development. Perhaps no one has influenced knowledge of life on Earth nor the life sciences as much as Darwin (1809-1882). His theory of evolution by natural selection is now THE unifying theory of the life sciences. Join us as two elements from the life science community are brought together to debate the Origin of Ethics.

McGill University is proud to host the fourth annual Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium, made possible through the generous support of Dr. Lorne Trottier and honouring his wish "to hold a public forum to inform, inspire debate and raise public awareness on contemporary issues confronting society today".

November 6, 2008

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Stephen Leacock Building, Room 132
McGill University

Reception to follow

General admission - limited seating

The debate will be available via delayed webcast and taped for television.

For additional information contact:
The Symposium Office at
514-398-2852 or
via [at] (email)

Cette conférence sera prononcée en anglais et traduite simultanément en français.