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December 2022

PPE Talk: “Political Philosophy is Not Applied Ethics,” Kirun Sankaran

December 1, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Caldwell 213, 240 E. Cameron Ave.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Kirun Sankaran ABSTRACT: So-called "political realists" adopt the slogan "political philosophy is not applied ethics," but it's not always clear why political philosophy is not applied ethics. I propose a novel way of understanding this distinction between political philosophy and applied ethics. I argue that applied ethics embraces a distinctive methodology with a distinct model of the relationship between agents, situations, and interesting normative features. To show this, I argue that a conception of power, exemplified by Philip Pettit's idea of "domination",…

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January 2023

UNC Political Theory Workshop: “The Idea of Nonpublic Reason, Revisited”with Abe Singer

January 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  The first speaker of the UNC Political Theory Workshop will be Professor Abraham Singer (University of Loyola Chicago). His most recent book is called The Form of the Firm: A Political Theory of the Corporation. He will be presenting a paper entitled "The Idea of Nonpublic Reason, Revisited". The paper will be distributed in advance, likely on or before 1/19. Please read it prior to the workshop. We will have a brief presentation by Professor Singer, followed by discussant…

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February 2023

PPE Society @ Carolina Presents: Debate Night! Lead Contamination and Access to Water: What Are the Economic Consequences?”

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the PPE Society @ Carolina for their second Debate Night! The topic is "Lead contamination and access to water: What are the economic consequences?" in Caldwell 105 on Thursday, February 2, from 6:00-7:30pm. Discussion questions may include: What policies should UNC implement to prevent a future water crisis? Is water is a human right? Debate information and logistics may be found HERE. Sign up for a speaker slot using the form HERE. Refreshments will be provided!

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Philosophy Speaker Series: Gina Schouten: Liberal Feminism, Social Critique, and Moral Methodology: What Can Reflective Equilibrium Accomplish?

February 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This paper brings together two strands of opposition to liberalism: First is the substantive strand, concerning liberalism’s feminist, anti-racist, and egalitarian credentials. Second is the methodological strand, concerning liberalism’s method of moral justification, reflective equilibrium. In response to the substantive strand of opposition to liberalism, left-liberal feminists have argued that, properly understood, liberal values entail a deep critique of sexism, racism, and economic inequality, and furnish an emancipatory, democratic vision for progress toward a more just society. My question in this paper is: Does…

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PPE Speaker Series: “On the Value of Bipartisanship”: An Evening with Dr. Ben Chavis and Governor Pat McCrory

February 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Stone Center Auditorium, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, 27599 United States
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  Our speakers, who hold opposing views on many political issues, have come together out of a shared concern of the dangers posed by partisanship in U.S. politics. This evening they will talk a bit about the risks of partisanship and the value of bipartisanship.  Light refreshments and conversation will be held before the talk, which begins promptly at 6:00pm! This event counts as a CLE requirement for students, and it is free and open to the public. Reverend Dr.…

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Lambeth Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy: “Democracy Beyond Elections: Institutions in Crisis” with David Price

February 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall, 145 E Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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The Honorable David Price will present the 14th annual Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy, “Democracy Beyond Elections: Institutions in Crisis,” on Thursday, February 9th, at 5:00 p.m. in Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall.  It is free and open to the public and will also be live-streamed as a webinar. David Price represented the Research Triangle area, North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District, for 34 years before retiring in January 2023 (1987-1995 and 1997-2023). A Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel…

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PPE Speaker Series: “The Costs of Rescue” with Kerah Gordon-Solmon

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract: A stranger, through no fault of their own, is in dire financial straits.  I could save them with a substantial cash gift.  Alternatively, I could employ them in my warehouse. The work-hours are punishing and the pay is terrible; the job involves being constantly surveilled and micromanaged.  But it would improve their prospects relative to the status quo.  (It would enable them to avoid losing their home, etc.). Presumptively, I don’t have to gift this person money: I’m allowed…

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March 2023

PPE Society @ Carolina Presents: Movie Night!

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Please join the PPE Society @ Carolina for "The Truman Show" viewing! Whether you are studying philosophy, politics, and/or economics (PPE) or have never set a foot outside of a STEM classroom, everyone is welcome! Bring your friends and enthusiasm to consider the dimensions of the film through a lens of PPE. Join PPE Society in Caldwell 105 on Thursday, March 2nd @ 7:00 PM. Pizza provided!!   Follow us on HeelLife to stay connected!

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Hussman School Event: Junck Research Colloquium with Michael Mackert

March 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Keynote: Michael Mackert, Ph.D. Director, Center for Health Communication Professor, Department of Population Health University of Texas at Austin Overview: Michael Mackert, Ph.D., from the University of Texas at Austin, will be the speaker for a rescheduled Mary Junck Research Colloquium event March 3. We invite you to join us in the Curtis Media Center, rooms 201-202. Mackert’s presentation will run from 11 a.m. to noon followed by lunch. After lunch, there will be a research panel for doctoral health…

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Global Research Institute Presents: Diplomatic Discussion with Rana Foroohar

March 9 @ 7:00 pm
Global FedEx Nelson Mandela Auditorium Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States + Google Map

Diplomatic Discussion with Rana Foroohar, Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst   At the dawn of the twenty-first century, Thomas Friedman declared globalization the new economic order in The World Is Flat. But the reign of globalization as we’ve known it is over, argues Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst Rana Foroohar, and the rise of local, regional and home-grown business is now at hand. Foroohar will explore economic localization, the subject of her latest book, “Homecoming: The Path to Prosperity…

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