Most philosophers have thought our account of the world must precede our conclusions about how we should act - metaphysics before morality. Now in an era where there is deep puzzlement about what the overall framework might be, it begins to look as if we need to know what we want to do and achieve before we can decide on what account of the world we might adopt.
Should we put morality before metaphysics and decide how we want to change the world before deciding how it is to be understood? Or is this profoundly mistaken and a quick route to conflict, division and chaos?
Philosopher, poet, and polymath Raymond Tallis, award-winning novelist Joanna Kavenna and renowned Philosophy Professor and ethicist Simon Blackburn investigate the relationship between metaphysics and morality.