Is It Morally Wrong To Smoke? Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy (Part 1)

In this episode, Guillaume Paugam welcomes Farbod Akhlaghi for the first of two episodes with him. Farbod is a 4th year DPhil student. He specialises in moral philosophy, metaphysics and meta-metaphysics, which respectively ask questions such as: is it morally wrong to do a given action (like smoking, a specific focus of Farbod’s)? Are there any moral facts? What is it to even ask the question “are there any moral facts” in the first place? 
Farbod takes the time to explain clearly and in detail the philosophical concepts underpinning his work. He eloquently shows that the questions he tackles, far from being only relevant for hyper-specialised academics as it is sometimes thought, are extremely pertinent to our daily lives. This first episode centres around the core of his thesis work. Next week we discuss other crucial questions he reflects on, around culture, identity and transformative experiences, as well as the influence of Islamic Medieval Philosophy on his work, and the need to diversify philosophy curricula in the UK to include more thinkers from outside Western Europe.