All Talks on Friday from 12:00-12:50 in the Center (HLMS 269), unless noted.
Aug 29: Professor Neil Sinhababu (University of Singapore)
"The Epistemic Argument for Hedonism"
3:15 - 5:00, UMC 384
Sept 2: Francis Beckwith (Baylor University)
"Taking Rites Seriously: Liberalism, Religion, and Cultural Conflict"
Sept 9: David Boonin (University of Colorado Boulder)
"Sex, Lies and Harm: Dougherty on Deceptive Seduction"
Monday Sept 12: Professor Dare (University of Auckland)
"Permissible Profiling: Predictive Risk Modelling and Child Maltreatment"
Abstract: New Zealand researchers have developed a predictive risk modeling (PRM) tool using an algorithm with significant capacity to ascertain and stratify children's risk of experiencing maltreatment in the future. The potential benefits of the tool are considerable and are of obvious moral value. However the application of predictive risk modeling to child maltreatment also has very clear ethical risks and costs, including those generated by predictable false positives, by the possible stigmatization of already vulnerable populations, by the probable use of data without consent, by predictable resource allocation issues the tool will raise, and by difficulties in designing and implementing effective interventions. This paper gives an overview of the issues and asks whether these ethical costs can be ameliorated or completely addressed, and whether those that cannot be addressed are outweighed by the benefits that might be delivered by the tool.
Sept 16: Professor Hallie Liberto (University of Connecticut)
"Crimes of Non-Consent"
Abstract: Some sexual behavior is criminal because of a failure of consent. In these cases, courts try to determine whether the victim did not give consent in the legal sense and, also, whether the perpetrator of the crime could have reasonably known that the victim did not consent, or could have been reasonably expected to know that the victim did not consent. I am going to distinguish three different ways in which a law can map onto the truth about consent: it can get the existing, moral and legal facts of the matter right; it can engage in the full normative construction of the facts that it maps onto; or it can engage merely in the legal construction of the facts that it maps onto. I argue that both the first and second of these correspondences are desirable, and only the third is problematic. These distinctions help answer (and, in some cases, help articulate) some of the objections to consent policies and laws that have recently been implemented by states, universities, and the Canadian government.
Sept 23: Professor Emeritus Paul T. Menzel (Pacific Lutheran University)
"The Fundamental Challenge for Advance Directives"
Abstract: Advance directives have been widely embraced as morally legitimate means through which people exercise self-determination and personal autonomy in medical care. Their most fundamental problem, "then-self vs. now-self," however, continues to be an extremely difficult challenge: why should the earlier self have authority over the current incompetent self who no longer values autonomy and does not care about the previous directive? Several related defenses have been offered to address the problem, among them self-ownership, the reality of an enduring narrative self, and the moral need to treat previously competent patients differently from never-competent patients. Menzel argues that something more is needed to make these intuitively compelling defenses work: a richer understanding of patients' current interests, and clarification of what constitutes a "change of mind." Individual cases are used to illustrate the problem and its potential resolution.
Sept 30: Professor Aya Gruber (CU Law School)
"Murder, Minority Victims, and Mercy"
Abstract: Should George Zimmerman have been acquitted of Trayvon Martin's murder? Should enraged husbands receive a pass for killing their cheating wives? Should the law treat a homosexual advance as adequate provocation for killing? Criminal law scholars generally answer these questions with a resounding "No". Theorists argue that criminal laws should not reflect bigoted perceptions of African Americans, women, and gays by permitting judges and jurors to treat those who kill racial and gender minorities with undue mercy. According to this view, murder defenses like provocation should be restricted to ensure that those who kill minority victims receive the harshest sanctions available. Equality is thus achieved by ratcheting up punishment. There is a similar bias in the death penalty, where those who kill racial minorities are treated more leniently than those who kill whites and are often spared execution. But the typical liberal response here is to call for abolition rather than more frequent executions. Equality is thus achieved by ratcheting down punishment. This article asserts that the divergence between the accepted scholarly positions on the provocation defense and capital punishment can be explained by provocation critics' choice to concentrate on spectacular individual instances of leniency toward those who kill gender minorities and death penalty theorists' tendency to view the entire institution of capital punishment as racist and retrograde. The article then provides the institutional sketch of noncapital murder law currently missing from provocation analysis by discussing sentencing practices, the demographic composition of murder defendants, and the provocation defense's potential role as a safety valve. It concludes that inserting institutional analysis into the critical assessment of provocation might undermine the prevailing scholarly dogma supporting pro-prosecution reform.
Oct 7: Professor Bonnie Steinbock
"Physician-Assisted Death and Severe, Treatment-Resistant Depression"
Abstract: In recent years, Belgium and the Netherlands have allowed some cases of euthanasia or assisted suicide (EAS) to be provided to patients with severe, treatment-resistant depression. The paper looks at the reasons for regarding this as evidence of a very slippery and dangerous slope, or alternatively as a reasonable and compassionate development.
Oct 14: Professor Iskra Fileva (University of Colorado Boulder)
"Two Senses of 'why': Traits and Reasons in the Explanation of Action"
In ordinary practice, character traits are often cited in an attempt to explain why an action was done. Thus, we say, "Young Abraham Lincoln walked through a storm to give the correct change to a customer because he is honest" or "James Tyrone refuses to pay for his wife's medical treatment because he is miserly". But how exactly do traits explain actions? In what sense of "why" does Lincoln's honesty or the stinginess of Eugene O'Neill's Tyrone tell us why Lincoln or Tyrone acted as each did?
We do not have a satisfactory answer to this question, and surprisingly few proposals are on offer. While there is voluminous literature on action explanation, philosophers interested in the explanation of action have tended to focus exclusively on reasons explanations. Traits, on the other hand, especially morally-laden traits, are discussed almost exclusively in relation to action evaluation. But traits, as evidenced by ordinary discourse, are relevant to the explanation, not just to the evaluation, of actions. In this talk, I examine the precise role traits play in the explanation of action, and I discuss the connections between traits and reasons explanations.
Oct 21: Professor Alison Jaggar (University of Colorado Boulder)
"Agency, Complicity, and the Responsibility to Resist Global Injustice" by Corwin Aragon and Alison Jaggar
Abstract: Philosophers working on global ethics pay increasing attention to wrongs that result from systemic injustices. They look beyond the actions of individual "bad apples," the failings of corrupt states, and the practices of supposedly "illiberal" cultures to provide increasingly comprehensive accounts of the global structural processes that produce and perpetuate many injustices. Structural analyses reveal connections among wrongs that at first sight appear unrelated to each other and show how the actions of individuals can contribute to injustice at local, national, regional, and even global levels. However, although these accounts illuminate the empirical situation, the ethical picture remains blurred. How, if at all, are individual citizens morally responsible for injustices rooted in the global order? This paper builds on Iris Marion Young's work to offer an answer based on people's complicity with unjust social-structural processes.
All Talks on Friday from 12:00-12:50 in the Center (HLMS 269), unless noted.
Jan 29: Cheryl Abbate
"Extension in Animal Rights Theory: How a New Account of Respect Can Make Sense of Collective Harms"
Feb 5: Eric Lee
"Consent and 3rd Party Coercion"
Feb 12: Professor Michael L. Radelet (Sociology)
"History of the Death Penalty in Colorado"
Feb 12: Professor Ken Shockley (SUNY Buffalo)
"Framing Harm In a Time of Climate Change: Climate, Development, and the Environment"
3:00-4:30, HLMS 251
Feb 19: Caleb Pickard and Alexander Zambrano
"Don't Block It 'Til Ya Eyed It?: A Defense of Ad Blocking and Consumer Inattention"
Feb 26: Professor Robert Pasnau
"Belief in a Fallen World"
Mar 4: Professor Ahmed A White (Law School)
"The Labor Movement and the Dilemma of Labor Militancy"
Mar 14: Alfred Nsodu Mbinglo (founder and executive director of RECFAM – Research and Counselling Foundation for African Migrants)
"The Biblical Proportion of Internal and Cross Border Migration in Africa"
Monday, March 14 12:00-12:50, HLMS 269
Mar 18: Spencer Case
"From Epistemic Realism to Moral Realism: A Defense of Cuneo's Parity Premise"
Oct 2: Professor Adam Hosein
"Racial Profiling and Reasonable Resentment"
Oct 9: Dr. Govind Persad (Stanford)
"Why We Don't Need More Organ Donors"
Oct 21: Profesor John Corvino (Wayne State University)
"Why I Don't Like Religious Exemptions"
6:00-7:30 PM, MUEN E0046
Oct 22: Ryan Anderson (Heritage Foundation), John Corvino (Wayne State University), Sherif Girgis (author), Andrew Koppelman, (Northwestern University)
"On God's Authority: Conscientious Objection in the Age of Same-Sex Marriage"
7:00-8:30 PM, Eaton Humanities 1B50
Presented in conjuction with the Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy.
Oct 23: Sherif Girgis (Princeton)
"On God's Authority: Discussion"
Nov 6: Laurie Calhoun (Curio Bay, Southland, New Zealand)
"When Lethal Drones Come Home: The Path to Political Perdition"
Nov 20: Professor Michele Moody-Adams (Columbia University)
"Civic Art of Remembrance and Democratic Imagination"
Jan. 30: Jonathan Spelman
"Moral Obligation and Blame"
Feb 6: Dr. Hye-Ryoung Kang
"Can Rawls' Non-Ideal Theory Save His Ideal Theory?"
Feb. 13: Alastair Norcross
"On Wanton Self-Assurance: I Promised Myself I'd Write This"
Feb. 20: Shane Gronholz
"Welfare: Does Thinking Make it So?"
Feb. 27: Professor Dominik Perler (Berlin University/Princeton University)
"What is a Dead Body? Medieval Debates on a Metaphysical Puzzle."
Mar. 13: Alberto Ghibellini (Leo Strauss Center of the University of Chicago)
"Leo Strauss on Natural Right"
Mar. 20: TBA
Apr. 10: Paul Bowman
Apr. 24: Professor Joseph Ulatowski (University of Texas at El Paso)
"On Where the Action Is"
Sept 26: Andrew Chapman
"The Existential Dimension of Morality"
Oct 3: Prof. David Boonin
"Status Quo Bias and the Experience Machine"
Oct 10: Prof. Peter King (University of Toronto)
"Moral Fatigue: The Deadly Vice"
Oct 17: Prof. Joe Ulatowski (University of Texas at El Paso)
Oct 31: Prof. Caroline Arruda (University of Texas at El Paso)
"The Metaethical Problem of Suffering"
Nov 7: Joseph Stenberg
"Happiness on Earth (kind of) as it is in Heaven: Aquinas on Imperfect Happiness"
Nov. 21: Prof. Iskra Fileva
Jan 31: Prof. Eric Chwang
"Consent's Been Framed: How and When to Solve the Problem that Framing Effects Pose for Consent"
Feb 14: Prof. Adam Hosein
"Risk and Rights"
Feb 21: Prof. Michael Huemer
"Can Constitution Protect Freedom?"
Mar 7: Prof. Iskra Fileva (University of Michigan)
"The False, the Bad, and the Beautiful"
Mar 14: Prof. David Boonin
"Sex, Lies, and Consent"
Mar 21: Prof. Chris Heathwood
"Which Desires Are Relevant to Well-Being?"
Apr 11: Prof. Stephen M. Campbell (Coe College)
"The Good Death"
Apr 18: PhD Student Shane Gronholz
"Are Philosophers and Laypeople Talking About the Same Thing When They Talk about Morality?"
Apr 25: Prof. Adam Beresford (University of Massachusetts at Boston)
May 2: Glenn Loury (Brown University)
"When Speaking Truth to Power is Not Enough: On the Ethics of Being a Public Intellectual in America Today"
Sept 6: Prof. Eric Chwang
"Against the Moral Relevance of the Similarity between Research Subject and Beneficiary"
Sept 20: Prof. Claudia Mills
"Manipulation as an Aesthetic Flaw"
Sept 27: PhD Student Chad Cliest (Marquette University)
Special Location: HLMS 177
"Killing for Food and Tragic Dilemmas: Capabilities Analysis"
Oct 4: Prof. Chris Heathwood
"Irreducibly Normative Properties"
Oct 11: Prof. Bradley Monton
"Morality Grounds Personal Identity"
Oct 18: Prof. David Hildebrand (CU Denver)
"Pragmatism, Objectivity, and Democracy"
Oct 25: Prof. Iskra Fileva (University of Michigan)
"Playing with Fire: Art and the Seductive Power of Pain"
Nov 1: Christopher Lewis (Stanford University)
"Inequality, Incentives, Criminality and Blame"
Nov 8: Prof. Mary Ann Cutter (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)
"The Ethical Implications of Gendering Disease"
Nov 15: Prof. Ajume Wingo
"A Free Person as a Maker of Surprises"
Dec 6: Dr. Eamon Aloyo
"The Last of Last Resort: Why the Last Resort Criterion in Just War Theory Should Not Exist"
Jan 25: Prof. Michael Huemer
"Probabilistic Proof of Moral Realism"
Feb 1: Dr. Brian Talbot
"Conflicting Intuitions in Ethics and Elsewhere"
Feb 8: Dr. Eamon Aloyo
"Why Just Assassinations are Morally Preferable to Just Wars and Some Harmful 'Peaceful' Policies"
Mar 1: Prof. Eric Chwang
Mar 8: Duncan Purves
"The Harm of Death"
Mar 15: Dan Lowe
"Why Counterexamples Fail (and What To Do About It): A Talk on Moral Epistemology and Philosophical Method"
Apr 5: Paul Studtmann
"The Game of Laws"
Apr 12: Prof. Ajume Wingo
Apr 19: Prof. Benjamin Hale
Apr 26: Prof. Adam Hosein
"Freedom, Sex-Stereotype and Anti-Discrimination"
Sept 14: Prof. Alison Jaggar
"Does Poverty Wear a Woman's Face? Some moral dimensions of a transnational feminist research project"
Sept 21: Dr. Abigail Gosselin
"Women, Justice, and the Global Context of Mental Disorder"
Sept 28: Prof. Michael Huemer
"The Duty to Disregard the Law"
Oct 5: Prof. David Boonin
"Harm After Death"
Oct 12: Annaleigh Curtis
"The Problem of Evidentialism in Moral Epistemology"
Oct 19: Prof. Mary Ann Cutter (CU Colorado Springs)
"The Ethics of Gender-Specific Disease"
Oct 26: Chelsea Haramia
"What are our Responsibilities to the Non-Existent?"
Nov 2: Prof. Alastair Norcross
Nov 9: Martin Chamorro
"The Proportionality of Open Borders and Exclusion"
Nov 16: Prof. Adam Hosein
"Where Are You Really From? Ethnic Selection in Liberal Democracies"
Nov 30: Annaleigh Curtis
"A Problem for Evidentialism in Moral Epistemology"
Dec 7: Ryan Jenkins
Jan 27: Prof. David Boonin
"Parfit's latest defense of the No Difference View"
Feb 10: Prof. Chris Heathwood
"Preferentism and the Experience Requirement"
Feb 17: Dr. Brian Talbot
"Which Epistemic Norms Matter?"
Mar 9: Prof. Philip Cafaro (CSU)
"For a Species Right to Exist"
Mar 23: Prof. Alastair Norcross
"Why and How Death is Bad for Animals, and People"
Apr 6: Prof. Chad Kautzer (CU Denver)
"Arendt, Occupy, and the Challenge to Political Liberalism: A Reply to Charles W. Mills"
Apr 13: Annaleigh Curtis
"Epistemic Injustice and Moral Knowledge"
Apr 20: Prof. Marion Hourdequin (Colorado College)
"Geoengineering, Solidarity, and Moral Risk"
Apr 27: Prof. David Boonin
"Why Blackmail Should Be Legal"
May 4: Prof. Robert Pasnau
All Talks on Friday from 12:00-12:50 in the Center (HLMS 269), unless noted
Jan. 14, 2011: Dr. Nick Ferreira (University of Witwatersrand)
Jan. 21: Eric Chwang
“A Qualified Argument against Athletic Doping"
Jan. 28: Christian Lee
“Dissolving Indeterminacy and Incommensurability in Values”
Feb 4: Claudia Mills
“The Ethics of Parenthood”
Feb. 11: Michael Huemer
“Authority and Hypothetical Consent"
Feb. 18: Jarrod Hanson (Education)
"Defending Deliberative Democracy in the Classroom: Bridging Epistemological Divides"
Feb. 25: Adam Hosein
"Immigration and Equality: Must Governments Treat Aliens the Same as Citizens?"
Mar. 4: Eamon Aloyo (Political Science)
"A Democratic Justification for Nonmilitary Humanitarian Intervention: Reconciling Human Rights and Collective Self Determination"
Mar. 11: Charles Mills
"Body Politic, Bodies Impolitic"
Mar. 18: Horst Mewes (Political Science)
“The Function of Religion in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America”
Apr. 1: Bob Pasnau
"Trust Yourself, Be Irrational"
Apr. 8: David Boonin
"Famine, Affluence, and Mortality: A Non-Consequentialist Response to Singer and Unger"
Apr. 22: Ben Rich (UC Davis School of Medicine)
"Existential Suffering and the Ethics of Palliative Sedation"
Apr. 29: Kent Northcote, M.D.
“Perception and Memory”
All Talks on Friday from 1:00-1:50 in the Center (HLMS 269), unless noted
Sept. 3, 2010: Eric Chwang
“Freedom from Autonomy”
Sept. 10: Mike Huemer
“Against Democratic Authority”
Sept. 17: Ben Hale
"Undoing and Disallowing"
Sept. 24 at 12:00 noon: Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)
“Cinematic Action Theory”
(Note the time change)
Oct. 1: Eamon Aloyo
“Basic Democratic Rights: Conditionally Deriving Human Rights from a thin Procedural Conception of Democracy”
Oct. 8: Kacey Warren
"Recognizing Disability: Reconceptualizing a Vision of Social Justice for the Cognitively Disabled"
Oct. 15: Amandine Catala
“Reframing the Normative Question of Secession”
Oct. 22: Michele S. Moses
“Are Ballot Initiatives a Just way to Make Public Policy?”
Oct. 29: Brian Talbot
Nov. 5: Adam Hosein
"Doing, Allowing, and the State"
Dec. 3: Ajume Wingo
"The Politics of the Apolitics of Racism"
All Talks 12:00-12:50
in the Center (HLMS 269)
Jan 29: Prof. Claudia Mills
Feb 5: Prof. Alison Jaggar
"Hearts Starve As Well As Bodies: Leisure As an Indicator of Agency and Wellbeing"
Feb 12: Prof. David Boonin
"The Non-Comparative Account of Harm"
Feb 19: Prof. Ben Hale
"Nonrenewable Resources and the Inevitability of Outcomes"
Feb 26: Heather Roff (PoliSci)
"Kant's Permissive Law: A Principle for the Perplexed"
Mar 5: Cory Aragon
“Situating Responsibility for Global Justice”
Mar 12: Christian Lee
“A Trivial Organic Unity?”
Apr 2: Dr. Uri Leibowitz
"What is Friendship?"
Apr 9: Prof. Alastair Norcross
Apr 16: Prof. Steve Vanderheiden (PoliSci)
"The Ethics of Free Riding"
Apr 23: Michaela McSweeney
Feb 13: Prof. David Boonin
"Why I Hate Hate Speech Codes (But Still Don’t Hate Hate Crime Laws)"
Feb 20: Prof. Michael Zimmerman
"Rapture of the Nerds: The (allegedly) coming technological 'Singularity'"
Feb 27: Prof. Eric Chwang
"On the Moral Force of Coerced Promises"
Mar 6: Prof. Dan Kaufman
"Sinful Actions and Sinfulness"
Mar 13: Christian Lee
"Basic Evaluative Properties"
Mar 20: Prof. Ben Hale
"Carbon Sequestration, Ocean Fertilization, and the Problem of Permissible Pollution"
Apr 3: Prof. Matt Tedesco (Beloit College, CU PhD)
"Harm, Consent, and Practical Joking"
Apr 10: Prof. Alison Jaggar
"The Philosophical Challenges of Global Gender Justice"
Apr 17: Dan Demetriou
"Honor: The Ethic for Real Men?"
Apr 24: Prof. Mike Huemer
"Is There a Right to Immigrate?"
Sept 4: Prof. Chris Heathwood
"Moral and Epistemic Open Question Arguments"
Sep. 11: Prof. Claudia Mills
Sept. 18: Prof. Eric Chwang
"Consent and Cluster Randomization"
Sept. 25: Scott Wisor
"Philosophical Reflections on Sudan Activism"
Oct 2: Prof. Alastair Norcross
"Fetishism and Deontology"
Oct 9: Dr. Jason Wyckoff
"Why Political Legitimacy Entails Political Obligations"
Oct 16: Prof. Brad Monton
"Against Multiverse Theodicies"
Oct 23: Prof. Rob Rupert
"Against Group Mental States"
Oct 30: Dr. Ryan Mott
"Why Political Legitimacy Doesn't Necessarily Entail Political Obligations"
Nov 6: Barrett Emerick
"Kantian Ethics and the Puzzle about People in Great Need"
Nov 13: Amandine Catala
"Is There a Right to Secede?"
Nov 20: Tom Metcalf
"Empirical Ethical Intuitionism"
Dec 11: Pamela Lomelino
"Why Relational Autonomy Is Better Than Traditional Accounts of Autonomy"
Prof. Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)
“Ethical Vegetarianism: Feminist Requirement or Patriarchal Burden?
Prof. Alastair Norcross
“Euthanasia and Self-Defense”
“What Moral Intuitions Are”
Prof. Claudia Mills
“Stigma and Openness”
“The Modern Corporation as Moral Agent”
“Privatization, Democracy, and Public Goods”
Prof. David Boonin
“What’s Wrong with Racial Profiling?”
Dr. Michael Peirce
“It’s Not My Concern: Singer and Plato, Rules, Roles, and Social Organization”
Prof. Chris Heathwood
“Desire-Based Theories of Welfare, of Pleasure, and of Reasons”
Prof. Gordon Finlayson (University of Sussex)
"Not Much Ado about Habermas and Rawls"
Prof. Eric Chwang
Prof. Neera Badhwar (University of Oklahoma)
"Is Realism Really Good for You? A Realistic Response"
Sept 5: Ajume Wingo
"Trustees of Themselves: A New Framework for Human Rights"
Sept 12: Harry Platanakis (University of London)
"Aristotle on Political Participation"
Sept 19: Jason Wyckoff
"Can Gratitude Serve as a Basis of Political Obligation?"
Sept 25: Dr. Uri Leibowitz
"Particularism in Aristotle's Ethics"
Oct 10: Prof. Eric Chwang
"Three Ways of Speaking and the Futility of Coerced Promises"
Oct 17: Prof. Chris Heathwood
“Could Morality Have a Source?"
Oct 24: Prof. Alastair Norcross
"Intentions, Character, and Consequentialism"
Oct 31: Ryan Mott
"Reviving Weber's Ghost: Attitudinal Accounts of State Legitimacy"
Nov 14: Prof. Brad Monton
"Should Intelligent Design Be Taught in School?"
Nov 21: Kendy Hess
“The Metaphysics of Corporate Agency"
Dec 5: Prof. David Boonin
“Why I Don’t Hate Hate Crime Laws”
Dec 12: Jason Hanna
"Ulysses Contracts and the Relevance of Consent"
Sep 7: Dr. Jackie Colby
“Health Disparities, Ethics, and the HPV Vaccine”
Sep 14: Prof. Alison Jaggar
“Ideal Theory versus Critical Theory: Comparing the Philosophical Methods of John Rawls and Iris Marion Young”
Sep 21: Prof. Chris Heathwood
“Desire-Based Theories of Welfare and the Possibility of Self-Sacrifice”
Sep 28: Jason Hanna
“How Soft Is Soft Paternalism?”
Oct 12: Prof. Philip Cafaro (CSU)
“The Environmental Argument for Reducing Immigration into the United States”
Oct 26: Prof. Alastair Norcross
“Utility, Determinism, and Possibility”
Oct 29: Prof. Mariam Thalos (Utah)
“Risk and Resources”
Nov 2: Cindy Scheopner
“Creating God: Mormon Metaphysics and the Politics of Polygamy”
Nov 9: Prof. Steve Vanderheiden (CU Poli Sci)
“Justice and Global Climate Change”
Nov 16: Prof. Claudia Mills
”Fathers and Mothers”
Prof. Eric Chwang
“Justice, Development, and Just Development: An Institutional Approach to Analyzing Development”
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2005-06 Center Talks
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