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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

Everyone welcome.

Snacks, beverages and philosophical exploration.

Contact Club President, Nathan Saint Ours:

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

**** CANCELLED ****

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”

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

For further information on upcoming events, contact

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