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October 2017

Department talk: Paul Hurley, “Exiting The Consequentialist Circle”

October 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

“Exiting The Consequentialist Circle: Two Senses of Bringing It About” Consequentialism is a state of affairs centered moral theory that finds support in state of affairs centered views of value, reason, action, and desire/preference.  Together these views form a mutually reinforcing circle.  I map an exit route out of this circle by distinguishing between two different senses in which actions can be understood as bringing about states of affairs.  All actions, reasons, desires, and values involve bringing about in the…

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Public lecture: “Why Markets Actually Require Morality to Function Efficiently”

October 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Caldwell Hall 105, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

“Why Markets Actually Require Morality to Function Efficiently Paul Hurley Abstract: "There is commonly taken to be a fundamental tension between morality and markets.  The cost-effective, efficient, profit maximizing course of action and the right course of action often diverge, and it is inefficient and costly to do the right thing, placing such actors at a competitive disadvantage.  The suggestion is that markets are spheres that mandate purely self-interested interaction – there is no place for morality within markets.  I…

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November 2017

Department talk: Sarah Stroud, “Conceptual Disagreement”

November 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

"Conceptual Disagreement" Can you disagree with someone without thinking that what they say (or think) is false? As we shall see, this is not only possible but (we shall argue) quite frequent. But we will reach this conclusion only via a somewhat winding route. Starting with the type of disagreement most familiar from the philosophical literature, we will progressively expand the circle of genuine disagreement until it encompasses even conceptual disagreement, which one might have thought a contradiction in terms. For…

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Public lecture: “What is Wrong with Lying?”

November 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Caldwell Hall 105, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

"What is Wrong with Lying?" Sarah Stroud: Abstract: Most of us would confidently say that lying is wrong—or, at least, that there is something wrong with lying. But what exactly is wrong with it? It turns out to be more difficult than one might have thought to answer this question. I survey some of the obvious potential explanations of the wrongness of lying and suggest that they prove unsatisfying on reflection. I then offer my own proposal for what is…

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PPE Talk: Sarah Conly

November 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Professor Conly is the author of of Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism (Cambridge University Press 2013) and One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? (Oxford University Press, 2016), and a broad range of articles on related topics. She is currently at work on liberty: when and why it matters (and when and why it does not). This event is proudly co-sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics.

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Philosophy Café

November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mystery Brewing Public House, 230 S Nash St, Hillsborough, NC 27278 + Google Map

Philosophy Café is back at Mystery Brewing Public House! Philosophy Cafés are intended to be a philosophical discussion among non-academics. As such, people of all ages and education levels are warmly welcome!  This Week's Topic: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility? On the Challenges of Superhero Ethics Should you save that family teetering off the edge of the bridge and let the villain get away? Are superheroes morally responsible for the innocents they harm in their epic battles with evil?…

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Philosophy Cafe

November 30, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mystery Brewing Public House, 230 S Nash St, Hillsborough, NC 27278 + Google Map

Rob Willison will be leading a discussion about the meaning of life! In the mid-1960s, Nina Simone had a conflict with her husband and manager, Andrew Stroud, over the course of her musical career. As their daughter Lisa described the difference: “My father had a strategic plan in terms of how mom’s career was going to go. He wanted her to be able to win all the awards and to become the huge star that he knew she could be…But she…

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January 2018

North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl

January 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Saturday, January 20th, high school students from across North Carolina will travel to UNC to participate in a state-wide Ethics Bowl competition, hosted by the Parr Center for Ethics. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, moderator, or room staff, please contact our Ethics Bowl Director, Dominique Dery, at dominique.dery@unc.edu.      

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February 2018

Ethics in Fiction

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Ethics in Fiction: Sam Graham-Felsen in Conversation with Danielle Christmas Fiction writers build new, but never wholly independent, worlds. Readers journey from the real world to the imaginary and return, changed. What, if anything, do the authors of these new worlds owe to their readers, to themselves, to the people and experiences they draw on in their work, to their art itself? Do writers of fiction have an obligation to be honest, in some sense, and, if so, what sense…

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Speaker Series: Kate Manne (Cornell)

February 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Kate Manne is an assistant professor of the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University, where she's been teaching since 2013. Before that, she was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2011 to 2013. Kate Manne did her graduate work at MIT from 2006 to 2011, with the generous support of a General Sir John Monash scholarship. She was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne (her hometown), where she studied philosophy, logic, and computer science.

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