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February 2020

Yolonda Wilson on Insurrectionist Ethics

February 19 @ 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

"Insurrectionist Ethics: Black Motherhood and End of Life Care" Yolonda Y. Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Howard University and, for 2019-2020, a Fellow at the  National Humanities Center. Her work focuses on bioethics, social and political philosophy, race theory, and feminist philosophy.

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Jeff Spinner-Halev on Individual Responsibility and Distributive Justice

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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"Individual Responsibility and Distributive Justice" Jeff Spinner-Halev is the Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics in the Political Science Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Boundaries of Citizenship:  Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in the Liberal State (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994);  Surviving Diversity: Religion and Democratic Citizenship (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000); and   Enduring Injustice (Cambridge University Press, 2012). ABSTRACT: The specter of individual responsibility haunts many contemporary liberal arguments about distributive justice.…

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March 2020

PPE Society Annual Meeting

March 12 @ 8:00 am - March 14 @ 5:00 pm
Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, 817 Common Street
New Orleans, LA 70112 United States
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The Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society is an international professional organization for people interested in the issues that arise at the intersection of the disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics. Membership is open to anyone interested and is, at least currently, free. In addition to sponsoring sessions at various academic meetings, the PPE Society hosts a large annual conference in the spring. In March 2020, the meeting will again be held in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel in New Orleans. A link to a call…

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PPE Talk: Dan Halliday

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599

Dan Halliday works on political philosophy at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of The Inheritance of Wealth: Justice, Equality and The Right to Bequeath (Oxford University Press, 2018) and co-author, with John Thrasher, of the forthcoming The Ethics of Capitalism, also with Oxford University Press. Halliday presented and co-wrote a documentary series,  Ethics Matters, for Australian television (ABC). Episodes can also be accessed through the project’s website: Pizza will be served.

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Daniel Markovits on the Meritocracy Trap

March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

"The Meritocracy Trap" Daniel Markovits is Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Private Law at Yale University. He works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics. Meritocracy — the idea that a person’s hard work and abilities determine one’s rewards in society — sits at the very center of the American ideal. But should it? Not according to Daniel Markovits,  who argues, in The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds…

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Alvaro Bedoya on Digital Surveillance

March 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
University Room, Hyde Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

Professor Alvaro Bedoya is the founding director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, where he is also a Visiting Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Legislation Clinic. Prof. Bedoya is an expert on government surveillance and commercial data collection, with a focus on their impact on immigrants and people of color. In 2016, he co-authored The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America, the Center’s year-long investigation that revealed that most American adults are…

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National PPE Undergraduate Colloquium

March 27 @ 12:00 pm - March 28 @ 10:00 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.

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Public Lecture: Arthur C. Brooks

March 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Global FedEx Nelson Mandela Auditorium Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States + Google Map

Love Your Enemies Arthur C. Brooks is the past president of the American Enterprise Institute and, starting in July 2019, a professor of the practice at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a senior fellow at Harvard Business School.   In Harvard’s announcement of his appointment, David Gergen observed that Brooks has “developed his own, fresh voice on compassionate leadership, the importance of respectful dialogue, the role of the arts in human behavior, human flourishing, and more.” Brooks' public lecture will pursue…

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April 2020

Grant Rozeboom

April 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Grant J. Rozeboom is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration-Business Ethics. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University, where he studied ethics, moral psychology, and history of philosophy. He also taught for the University of San Francisco and Stanford Online High School. Professor Rozeboom's research is currently focused on social institutions, including workplaces, and can be used in a variety of ways. His current line of research focuses on exploring how Jean-Jacques Rousseau might consider modern social institutions…

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Carmen Pavel on “Hume’s Dynamic Coordination and International Law”

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell 105, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, 27599
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"Hume’s Dynamic Coordination and International Law" Abstract: At the heart of the tension between state autonomy and international law is the question of whether states should willingly restrict their freedom of action for the sake of international security, human rights, trade, communication, and the environment. David Hume offers surprising insights to answer this question. He argued that the same interests in cooperation arise among individuals as well as states, and that their interactions should be regulated by the same principles. At…

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