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Coming Events

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

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Philosophy Club

Meets Fridays
4:00–6:00 pm
in Eastman 3335

Topic for 17 October:
TBA

Everyone welcome.

Snacks, beverages and philosophical exploration.

Questions?
Contact Club President, Nathan Saint Ours: nts4906@gmail.com

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

Geoff Sayre-McCord
(University of North Carolina)

“Hume’s Moral Theory”

David Hume developed an extraordinarily powerful theory of morality, a theory designed both to explain and to justify fundamental principles of ethics. This lecture will offer a general overview of Hume’s theory with the aim of conveying why it has (properly) been so influential.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Thursday 12 March
3:30 pm
Room: TBA

Theodore Everett
(SUNY Geneseo)

“A Model for Theories of Distributive Justice”

This paper presents a simple mathematical model for theories of distributive justice. It reduces many complex considerations to a single question: imagining a distribution system that imposes a flat-rate income tax on earnings solely in order to provide a guaranteed minimum income to every citizen, which available pair of tax rate and guaranteed income is most just? Model versions of the four main current theories of distributive justice: libertarianism, egalitarianism, utilitarianism, and Rawlsian, can be represented as distribugrams, and these four graphically define the range of possbility for stable systems of distribution. Intermediate model systems can be seen as balancing the moral forces of liberty, equality, utility, and compassion for the least well-off which separately motivate the four main theories. Viewing the range of theories of distributive justice in this simple framework sheds light on political arguments over Western welfare systems, and may suggest reforms.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

For further information on upcoming events, contact

Professor Tim Engström, Chair
Department of Philosophy
Email: thegsh@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 3106
Phone: (585) 475-2457