College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

1: "More than merely equal consideration" — the Rev. Hastings Rashdall

The first in Professor Waldron's series of lectures "One Another's Equals: The Basis of Human Equality" will take as its starting point the work of the Rev. Hastings Randall, an Anglican clergyman teaching at New College, Oxford, who elaborated a theory of human inequality in 1907.

Lecture abstract

In 1907, an Anglican clergyman teaching at New College, Oxford elaborated a theory of human inequality in Volume 1 of his book, The Theory of Good and Evil: A Treatise on Moral Philosophy.

Hastings’ theory is highly offensive to modern ears: for it is a form of philosophical racism.

But we will examine it — first, because it gives us a very clear picture of the position that basic equality has to deny; and second, because it hints at insidious ways in which rejections of basic equality might be revived.

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