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Last updated 16 June 2017

Coming Events

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

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Philosophy Club

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Philosophy Club

Taking a philosophy course and want to know more about what this philosophy thing is about? Simply interested in philosophical discussion? Join us for informal conversation and student presentations. Our goal is to make philosophy inclusive and accessible to all levels of experience… newbies and seasoned philosophers alike.

Fridays 5:00–7:00
Eastman lounge

(in front of the ID office;
for any latecomers, if you cannot find us there,
go to the end of the hallway, turn right, and we’ll
be in the first room on the right).

If you wish to stay up to date with the club,
here is our Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1567289073518944/?fref=ts

Thursday 21 September 2017
4:00 PM
Place: TBA

Benjamin Banta
(R.I.T.)

“ ‘The Sort of War They Deserve’?:
Interwar Air Power Ethics and the Debate over
Lethal Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles”

Grounded in a desire for the ethics of war to have some practical effect, ethicists are beset by a dual anxiety: too restrictive and no one with power will listen; too permissive and the powerful gain destructive moral cover. One of the primary challenges of this ethic-building-to-practical effect is the way new military technologies change the character of war by empowering agents in new ways. Indeed, there is at present an ever-growing literature that seeks to apply, defend and/or update the ethics of war in light of what is often argued to be an unprecedented period of rapid advance in military technology. To add to our confidence in whether our ethical approach to one particularly important new military technology, lethal Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), will find success in effectively and appropriately constraining war, this talk examines the somewhat analogous historical case of the ethical debate over the rise of air power during the interwar period. That historical case presents a real failure to ethically constrain war in the face of a potentially revolutionary new weapon. By highlighting the interrelated processes of technological change, ethical debate, and the eventual reconciliation of war practice and war ethics, key elements of this failure are leveraged to offer theoretical advice that might help ethicists maintain their “critical edge” as lethal UAVs continue to mature and proliferate.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Thursday 19 October 2017
4:00 PM
Place: TBA

Irina Mikhalevich
(R.I.T.)

Title: TBA

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Thursday 16 November 2017
4:00 PM
Place: TBA

Tom Beauchamp
(Georgetown University)

“Moral Problems in the Quest for
Human-Nonhuman Chimeras with Human Organs”

This talk is on the ethics of uses of human stem cells to create human-nonhuman chimeras with human organs. It may smack of science fiction, but it isn’t. It’s happening and is a real problem in both Japan (which has banned it) and the NIH (which is trying to decide whether to lift its ban). My analysis is oriented to some questions NIH is probing (probably not very well) about the ethics of the research and about animal welfare. I deal with some interesting questions in ethical theory about moral status, person theory, and the like.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

For further information on upcoming events, contact

Professor Brian Schroeder, Chair
Department of Philosophy
Email: brian.schroeder@rit.edu
Office: 3110 College of Liberal Arts
Phone: (585) 475-6346