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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

Next meeting: TBA

Everyone welcome.

Snacks, beverages and philosophical exploration.

Contact Club President, Nathan Saint Ours:

Friday 27 February
3:30 pm
Room: TBA

Kathleen Harbin
(SUNY Brockport)

“Aristotle’s Ethics”

This lecture presents a general overview of Aristotle’s ethical theory.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Thursday 12 March
3:30 pm
Bamboo Room, Alumni-Student Union

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

Thursday 9 April
3:30 pm
Eastman 1300

Golfo Maggini
(University of Ioannina/Greece)

Title TBA

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Tuesday 28 April
3:30 pm
Campus Center Reading Room

Anne Schwan
(Edinburgh Napier University)

“Convict Voices: Women, Class, and
Writing About Prison in Nineteenth-Century England”

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and
the Department of Criminal Justice

Thursday 30 April
3:30 pm
Eastman 2000

Michael Brown

Title TBA

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Friday 8 May
3:30 pm
Louise Slaughter, Rooms 2240 and 2230

Karen Frost-Arnold
(Hobart & William Smith Colleges)

“Trust, Accountability, and Online Anonymity”

Wikipedia vandalism, Twitter pranks, and hoax blogs are now familiar features of our online lives. A common response to these perceived abuses maintains that mechanisms of accountability are necessary to ensure the epistemic value of internet communities. Some advocate for removing anonymity from online communication. Others demand more investigations into the real-world identities behind online personas. In this talk, I discuss some of the commonly overlooked pitfalls of such online accountability. I show that accountability mechanisms can damage communities’ ability to both disseminate true beliefs and weed out errors.

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