Prof. Zygmunt Bauman on Moral Sensitivity


Prof. Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most prominent social thinkers and researchers of postmodernity, held a public lecture entitled Moral Sensitivity in the Age of Uncertainty: Dialogues Between Prof. Zygmunt Bauman and Prof. Leonidas Donskis at VMU on 30 October 2013.

During his lecture, the esteemed sociologist held a discussion with philosopher, Member of European Parliament, VMU Professor Leonidas Donskis. The discussion revolved around issues examined in a book by the two thinkers, Moral Blindness: The Loss of Sensitivity in Liquid Modernity, which draws upon the concept of adiaphora in order to inquire into the fate of our moral sensibilities. Adiaphora describes what is happening to society today: moral numbness. In our “hurried life” we are at risk of losing our sensitivity to the plight of the other.

The lecture was a part of the event series dedicated to the 25th anniversary of VMU reestablishment.

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