Hale Ethics Series, 2012-13

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics


Thursday, September 20th, 4-5:30, Liberal Arts Auditorium (6-A205)

The Life and Death of Objects: Museums, Ethics, and Aesthetics

Mario A. Caro (Draper Graduate Program, New York University)

Most people understand the role of the museum in caring for the object. The museum is charged with the conservation of objects in order maintain, or even increase, their value, whether cultural or market value. However, a comparative look at how cultural objects function in the West with some non-Western traditions will help us reconsider the relationship between the cultural object, the viewer, and the institutional setting that mediates this encounter, the museum. At issue is a re-consideration of the relationship between ethics and aesthetics.

Bio -- Mario A. Caro is a researcher, curator, and instructor of contemporary Indigenous art. His research topics include the representation of Indigenous cultures within the museum; the visual production of an "aesthetics of nostalgia" within photographic practices; art historical methodologies and the production of colonial discourses; and, most recently, essentialism and Native art practices. Dr. Caro completed his doctorate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, and has taught at various institutions, including The Evergreen State College, Otis School of Art and Design, and Indiana University, where he held the post of Public Scholar for Civic Engagement. He is currently an assistant professor in the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at New York University. He has published widely on the history, theory, and criticism of contemporary art, and is the founding editor of Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture.


Thursday, December 13th, 4-5:30, Eastman (Bldg. 1), Room 2000

From Policy to Activism: Deep Ecology Manifested in Action

Brett Caloia (Philosophy, Hobart and William Smith College)

One of the more radical views to emerge from the study of Deep Ecology is the claim that some kinds of value are not anthropocentric. If these forms of intrinsic value exist, what political system is best able to protect them? I will argue that all social contract theory, indeed all liberal political theory, is unable to summon the authority to protect these forms of value. Because of this problem, advocates of Deep Ecology cannot coherently work to change policy within a social contract system. Instead, the most promising route to seeing such forms of value recognized is activism that aims at ultimately overturning central tenants of social contract theory.

Thursday, February 7th, 4-5:30, 1-2000

How to teach ethics to business people

Colin Mathers (Philosophy, RIT)

A full semester survey of business ethics permits an instructor to cover both ethical theory as well as its application to a range of topics. But what if an instructor had only a week or even just an afternoon? What focus would have the best outcome in terms of ethical behavior? Should the focus be framed by Analytic philosophy or should the philosophy be “dialed down” for such an audience? I believe the focus in such circumstances (and the heart of any business ethics course) should be a philosophical analysis of the rationalizations that seduce business people into ignoring the elements of their consciences that originate outside of the business world. In this talk, I will defend the focus on rationalizations in business ethics instruction as well as share insights into the weaknesses of several influential rationalizations in business.




These presentations are free
and open to all.

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