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September 2017

Human Rights and Anti-Semitism in the Current Climate

September 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Genome Sciences Building, G200 Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Kenneth L. Marcus, Founding President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human rights under Law, will discuss challenges to human rights, modern anti-Semitism and other issues, through both domestic and global lenses. Marcus founded the Brandeis Center in 2011 to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism in American higher education. Previously, he served as Staff Director at the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights and Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for…

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PPE Talk: Tyler Cowen

September 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Tyler Cowen will present "The Complacent Class".  Tyler Cowen is an economist at George Mason University. His most recent book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream was published January 2017. He writes a column for Bloomberg View and contributes daily to The MarginalRevolution blog. This Philosophy, Politics & Economics event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Templeton Foundation.  

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October 2017

Parr Center Presents: Laurie Shrage

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caldwell Hall 105, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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"Contract Sex: Decriminalization vs. Legalization" Why are sex worker rights groups advocating for decriminalizing sex work, but not for legalizing it? In this paper, I will explain why efforts to decriminalize sex work deserve the same support as efforts to decriminalize abortion, marijuana, or non-procreational sex. Many human rights advocates now recognize that decriminalizing sexual transactions which take place among consenting adults in private, including informally contracting for sexual services, is necessary for protecting our fundamental human and civil rights.…

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Happiness and Well-Being: a one-day conference

October 14 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Bringing together three experts on the nature of happiness and well-being -- Marc Fleurbaey (Princeton University), Carol Graham (the Brookings Institute), Dan Russell (University of Arizona) -- this one-day workshop is designed to bring participants up to speed on current research and issues in understanding the nature of happiness and well-being. No specific background presupposed. Open and free to all. Lunch and reception provided. Registration is required. To see the complete schedule and register for this event, please click here.  This…

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

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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“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 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Caldwell Hall 105, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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“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 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Caldwell Hall 213, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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"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 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Caldwell Hall 105, 240 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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"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 @ 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 @ 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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