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Coming Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

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Philosophy Club

Next meeting:

Friday 29 August, 6:00–8:00 PM
in Eastman (bldg 01) room 1310

Thursday 11 September
3:30 pm
Carlson Auditorium (76-1125)

Wade Robison

“Ethics Across the Curriculum”

The aim of ethics across the curriulum is to integrate ethics into existing curricula. Ethical considerations are internal to disciplines, and the aim of ethics across the curriculum is to make explicit the implicit ethical considerations that mark all disciplines. It is a presumption, and may be thought presumptuous, to claim that all disciplines at least implicitly embody ethical considerations, but it is a presumption that finds fruit when we examine engineering, for example, or history, or political science, or photography. Professor Robison will provide a general overview of the sorts of ethical considerations we find in all disciplines along with some examples he thinks telling for how ethical considerations enter into some disciplines that may be thought bare of such considerations.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Thursday 18 September
3:30 pm
Carlson Auditorium (76-1125)

Lucy Ward
(University of Melbourne)

“From Marx to Kant:
Alienation and the ‘Problem’ of Justice”

This paper analyses Kant’s political and anthropological writings in relation to Marx’s early discussions of alienation. It is argued that Kant’s discussion of what he terms “passions” and “mania” provides a crucial framework shedding light on the normative and moral dimensions to Marx’s thesis concerning alienation. Kant describes Süchte or “hungers” (i.e. the desire for possession, for power, and for fame) as quantitative needs, ones that vacate and empty, rather than qualitatively fill, the human personality oriented towards them. The purpose of this analysis is to make a case for the continuing significance of the ‘problem’ of alienation—both as it is developed in the works of contemporary thinkers Jürgen Habermas and Agnes Heller—and as applied to theories of radical democracy and justice more broadly.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Thursday 16 October
3:30 pm
Carlson Auditorium (76-1125)

Geoff Sayre-McCord
(University of North Carolina)

“Hume’s Moral Theory”

An introduction to Hume’s moral theory.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

For further information on upcoming events, contact

Professor Tim Engström, Chair
Department of Philosophy
Office: Liberal Arts 3106
Phone: (585) 475-2457