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Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek - Biography

Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, Ph.D., is a Polish utilitarian philosopher and lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy at Lodz University in Poland where she also completed her dissertation. Professor Lazari-Radek also teaches an intensive summer seminar on utilitarian ethics at the European Graduate School (EGS) together with the famous applied ethics philosopher, also one of the animal rights founder, Peter Singer. She would do two Master’s degrees, also at Lodz University, one in English Literature (2000) and one in Philosophy (2001). Lazari-Radek’s doctoral dissertation (2007) examined the work of the utilitarian English philosopher and economist Henry Sidgwick (1838-1900), whose work on work has had a lasting impact, especially in economics. Her dissertation was entitled Good and Reason in the Moral Philosophy of Henry Sidgwick (2007).

Professor Lazari-Radek’s research since then has focused on a plethora of ethical issues, including bioethics, medical ethics, the ethics of aid, the ethical aspects of globalization, as well as both the ethics of journalism and the ethics of research.

She is the author of articles, including one with Peter Singer published in Ratio the international journal of analytic philosophy, entitled Secrecy in Consequentionalism: A Defence of Esoteric Morality (2010). The abstract is as follows:

“Sidgwick's defence of esoteric morality has been heavily criticized, for example in Bernard Williams's condemnation of it as ‘Government House utilitarianism.’ It is also at odds with the idea of morality defended by Kant, Rawls, Bernard Gert, Brad Hooker, and T.M. Scanlon. Yet it does seem to be an implication of consequentialism that it is sometimes right to do in secret what it would not be right to do openly, or to advocate publicly. We defend Sidgwick on this issue, and show that accepting the possibility of esoteric morality makes it possible to explain why we should accept consequentialism, even while we may feel disapproval towards some of its implications.”

Other articles of hers include, a popular article entitled “Yeshayahu Leibowitz - prorok wśród swoich” (2004), which in English translates as Yeshayahu Leibowitz - A Prophet among His People about the famous Israeli public intellectual, known for his commentaries on Judaism and ethics. More recently in 2011 she wrote “Dualizm rozumu praktycznego” which translates as Dualism of Practical Reason. Another popular article of hers include Ethics without God (2010). Singer Strikes (2009). Of importance, Professor Lazari-Radek translated into Polish in 2001 Oxford University Bent Flyvbjerg’s Habermas and Foucault - Thinkers of Civil Society (“Habermas i Foucault - rzecznicy społeczeństwa obywatelskiego”).

Lazari-Radek has also written book reviews, including one in 2004 on Peter Singer’s The President of Good and Evil: The Ethics of George. W. Bush (2004). Professor Lazari-Radek has a forthcoming book (expected for 2013) written with Peter Singer called Sidgwick and Contemporary Ethics, which will be published Oxford University Press.

Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek is a Professor of Ethics and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where she teaches an Intensive Summer Seminar with Peter Singer.