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January 2015

Bas Van der Vossen, “Community in Market Society”

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Professor Van der Vossen works in political philosophy, focusing on the justification of property rights and of the moral dimensions of international affairs. There will be PIZZA.  

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Russ Shafer-Landau, “The Morality of the Death Penalty”

January 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 105,
240 E. Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Russ Shafer-Landau, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, works in metaethics and moral theory. He is the author of The Fundamentals of Ethics (Oxford, 2012) and its companion volume,  The Ethical Life (Oxford, 2012) written to introduce people to moral theory. Other publications include Moral Realism — A Defense  (Oxford, 2005), and Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? (Oxford, 2004). He is also the editor of the widely used Reason & Responsibility  (Cengage, 2010),  Ethical Theory  (Blackwell, 2007)…

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Russ Shafer-Landau, “Moral Intuitions and Disagreement”

January 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213,
240 E. Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Russ Shafer-Landau, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, works in metaethics and moral theory. He is the author of The Fundamentals of Ethics (Oxford, 2012) and its companion volume,  The Ethical Life (Oxford, 2012) written to introduce people to moral theory. Other publications include Moral Realism — A Defense  (Oxford, 2005), and Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? (Oxford, 2004). He is also the editor of the widely used Reason & Responsibility  (Cengage, 2010),  Ethical Theory  (Blackwell, 2007)…

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February 2015

Ethics Around the Table: Changing Harmful Social Norms

February 3 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Development’s New Initiative: Changing Harmful Social Norms For organizations like UNICEF and the World Bank, social norms can be a severe impediment to development goals. For this reason, these agencies have invested in finding the tools necessary to change harmful social norms. In this talk, Chris Melenovsky will discuss the ways that he, other social scientists, and philosophers have worked with UNICEF to help change harmful social norms across the world.  Among the questions he will explore are: When is…

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Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds: Steven Joffe (University of Pennsylvania)

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
MacNider Hall, Room 321,
333 S. Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, 27599
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Jointly sponsored by the UNC Center for Bioethics and the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee, Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds offers an innovative and interactive forum for engaging with ethical, legal, and policy issues of particular salience to patient care within the hospital. More information about this event

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Parr Center Colloquium: How We Ought to Live: The Meanings and Matters of Life

February 9 - February 13

How We Ought to Live: The Meanings and Matters of Life—will serve as the underlying theme for the sessions during our inaugural Colloquium week. The Keynote Address will be by Professor Susan Wolf, whose Meaning in Life and Why It Matters was selected by Princeton University as the pre-read book for all incoming students.  Her lecture will be at 6:30 pm in Caldwell 105. Pizza will be served. More information about other aspects of the Colloquium to come.

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David Shoemaker, “Ecumenical Attributability”

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213,
240 E. Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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David Shoemaker is a professor of philosophy at Tulane University.  He works on agency and responsibility, identity and ethics, and moral psychology. His Responsibility from the Margins is forthcoming (Oxford University Press).  His Knowledge, Nature, and Norms: An Introduction to Philosophy, a text and reader written and edited with Mark Timmons (Cengage, 2009). He is also the author of Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction, (Broadview Press, 2009) and the editor of Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility, volume…

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David Shoemaker, “Psychopathic Responsibility: From Anger to Disdain”

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell Hall 105,
240 E. Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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David Shoemaker is a professor of philosophy at Tulane University.  He works on agency and responsibility, identity and ethics, and moral psychology. His Responsibility from the Margins is forthcoming (Oxford University Press).  His Knowledge, Nature, and Norms: An Introduction to Philosophy, a text and reader written and edited with Mark Timmons (Cengage, 2009). He is also the author of Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction, (Broadview Press, 2009) and the editor of Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility, volume…

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Susan Wolf, “How We Ought To Live”

February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 105,
240 E. Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Professor Susan Wolf, whose Meaning in Life and Why It Matters was selected by Princeton University as the pre-read book for all incoming students, is the Edna Koury Professor of Philosophy and a past President of the American Philosophical Association. This is the Keynote Address in the Parr Center’s “How We Ought To Live: The Meanings and Matters of Life Colloquium.” Pizza will be served.

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David Schmitdtz, “What Teachers Owe Students”

February 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Kresge Foundation Common Room,
Graham Memorial, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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David Schmidtz, Kendrick Professor at the University of Arizona, works in political philosophy and teaches in Philosophy and in Economics.  He will be the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar at UNC February 18-19. Pizza will be served.

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