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November 2020

Are Humans Responsible For Natural Disasters?

17 November, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: University of Oxford Oxford, OX1 2JD United Kingdom

This is an online event. What can an 18th century disaster teach us about COVID-19? In 1755, an earthquake destroyed the city of Lisbon, killing thousands, and causing philosophers and theologians to question who should be blamed for natural disasters: humans, nature, or God? Covid-19 is global and more deadly but raises the same question. In this online talk, Dr Joseph Cunningham and Dr Dafydd Mills Daniel recreate the disagreement between two Enlightenment philosophers over Lisbon: Voltaire and Rousseau? They…

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