Crimes Against Humanity? Where does the gavel fall for morality in science in Frankenstein?
The Lande Family Annual Lecture presented by Fiona McDonald, PhD
Did Victor Frankenstein commit a crime against humanity when he created his
creature? This talk by Dr. McDonald presents a lively retelling of a hypothetical legal trial about morality in science and the ethics of
responsibility. Each character in Frankenstein will be presented as witnesses, and audience members can act as jurors, casting their Vote at the end of the presentation. The goal of this talk is to explore how Mary Shelley
presented ethics in science to her 19th
century readers and how, today, her book can help us think through the same questions.