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February 2017

Talk: Alex Voorhoev

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

'Healthy Nails versus Long Lives: The Psychology, Theory and Practice of Weighing Small against Large Harms' Alex Voorhoev is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method at LSE.  He works broadly in political philosophy and ethics. Pizza will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy in the Law School at Duke University.

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The Ethics of Boycotts: A Debate

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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Parr Center Forum: The Ethics of Boycotts February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Many people think that we have a moral duty to boycott harmful practices. But do you make a difference when you boycott a harmful practice? And does your moral duty to boycott this practice depend on whether or not you make a difference? Please join the Parr Center for Ethics for a debate between Shelly Kagan (Philosophy, Yale) and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Philosophy, Duke) on these…

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PPE Undergraduate Seminar: Constitutional Change

February 18 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

This will be an intensive one-day seminar run by Professor Georg Vanberg, starting in the morning and running through dinner, with readings and lunch and dinner provided.  

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Talk: Jennifer Morton

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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"Rags to Riches: Change in Context and Deliberation" Jennifer Morton is an assistant professor of philosophy at the City College of New York and a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pizza will be served.

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March 2017

PPE Talk: Loren Lomasky (on Duke’s campus)

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Social Sciences 136, Duke Campus, 419 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC United States
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"Fleecing the Young" Loren Lomasky is the Cory Professor of Political Philosophy, Policy & Law at the University of Virginia. Among his many publications are his co-authored -- with Geoff Brennan -- Democracy and Decision: The Pure Theory of Electoral Preference (Cambridge University Press, 1993) and co-edited -- with Geoff Brennan -- Politics and Process: New Essays in Democratic Theory, (Cambridge University Press, 1989). Lomasky has won several awards including the 1991 Matchette Prize for his book Persons, Rights, and…

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National PPE Undergraduate Colloquium

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - March 26 @ 3:00 pm

This is an invitational colloquium that brings some of the best PPE Undergraduates from around the country to Chapel Hill for two days of intensive discussion of material that has been read in advance. This year's topic is Equality.  We will read the following papers for the colloquium: 1. Herb Gintis and Sam Bowles, "The Inheritance of Inequality" 2. David Schmidtz, "Equal Shares and Equal Respect" 3. Elizabeth Anderson, "Relational Equality" 4. Jerry Gaus, "The Egalitarian Species"

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Talk: Peter Railton

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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“Well-Being and Global Climate Change” Peter Railton is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Psychological research on human happiness has developed a vast literature on what is called subjective well-being, which is a measure that combines positive feelings and a sense of how well one’s life is going. This research spans many decades, making it possible to trace the evolution of measures of subjective well-being, and also reaches to countries around the world. The research has…

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April 2017

Parr Center Forum: The Ethics of Gun Control

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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At a time when so many people feel unsafe, questions about gun control are especially important. For example, does gun ownership decrease violent crime by deterring potential criminals, or does it increase violent crime by allowing more people access to violent weapons? Also, do people have a right to self-defense, and if so, do they have a right to bear arms independently of the consequences of gun ownership? In the United States, a right to bear arms is enshrined in the Bill of…

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PPE Undergraduate Seminar: Ideal and Non-Ideal Political Theory

April 15 @ 9:30 am - 7:30 pm

This is an intensive one day seminar for undergraduates, led by Professor Amy Berg, on Ideal and Non-Ideal Political Theory on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Information is available HERE.

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Talk: Martha Nussbaum

April 21 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Global FedEx Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States + Google Map

"Transforming Anger into Justice: Gandhi, King, Mandela" Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago and the recipient of the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy—which is often called the “Nobel Prize” of philosophy. Professor Nussbaum is a prominent advocate for the essential role of the humanities in democratic societies and an expert on the connections between human emotions, philosophical traditions, and social justice.

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