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CVSP Now Accepting Applications for Visiting Fellows for AY 2017-18
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Bonnie Steinbock Appointed as Center for Values and Social Policy Visiting Fellow for Fall 2016
Professor Emerita Bonnie Steinbock, who retired from SUNY Albany in 2014 after a long and distinguished career as one of the leading bioethicists of her generation, will be a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Values and Social Policy this fall from September 13 – October 13. She will give at least one talk, do some classroom presentations, and make herself available for a variety of additional interactions with faculty and students while she is here. Details on those events will follow. Among many other things, Professor Steinbock is the author of Life Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses, which Oxford University Press recently brought out in a second edition, and the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Bioethics. While in residence at the Center, she will be working on a project entitled: "Should Physician-Assisted Death Be Expanded to Include Psychiatric Conditions?" Here is a brief excerpt from her project description:

"The project concerns defensible restrictions on physician-assisted death (PAD), which includes both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS). I discuss the broader category of PAD because I do not regard PAS as morally different from euthanasia, and also because I am looking beyond the United States, where euthanasia is everywhere illegal to Belgium and the Netherlands, where both are legal. The question of restrictions on PAD is not an issue for those who are completely opposed to it. Nor it is an issue for those who think that there should be no limits on PAD, at least for competent adults. It is a serious issue for those who accept PAD in principle, but are concerned about a slippery slope from acceptable to unacceptable uses. In this project, I will consider in greater depth the arguments for limiting PAD, focusing specifically on four issues: the requirement of terminal illness; the treatability/incurability of psychiatric illness; the effect of psychiatric conditions, such as severe depression, on competence to make medical decisions; and the expansion of PAD to 'existential suffering' or being tired of life."

CVSP to co-sponsor Affirmative Action Panel Event
The Center is cosponsoring "Affirmative Action and Higher Education", a panel talk being held on August 16 in Eaton Humanities 150. (7/15/16)

RoME Congress, August 11-16
The 11th annual Rocky Mountain Ethics (RoME) Congress will be held August 11-16, 2016. For more information see the RoME website. (7/6/16)

"Power Dialog" discussion, Monday April 4
The Center is co-sponsoring Power Dialog, a discussion about clean energy in Colorado, Monday April 4th at 3 PM in the SEEC Auditorium. CVSP Faculty Fellow David Ciplet (ENVS) is one of the featured speakers. For more information visit (3/16/16)

Chris Heathwood talks about well-being on Minerva
Professor Chris Heathwood discusses the philosophy of well-being on the Minerva podcast with its host, Joshi Gottlieb. (2/12/16)

Video of CVSP/School of Education Panel Event Available Online
Video of the CVSP/School of Education's recent panel discussion "Choosing, Refusing, and Opting Out: Parents' Rights in Public Education", featuring CVSP Faculty Fellows Adam Hosein (Philosophy) and Terri Wilson (Education), is now available here. (2/11/16)

David Pyrooz in the Daily Camera
CVSP Faculty Fellow David Pyrooz (Sociology) is featured in the top story in the local section of today's Daily Camera: (2/5/16)

Adam Hosein to speak at School of Education colloquium Professor Adam Hosein will speak at the School of Education's panel discussion "Choosing, Refusing, and Opting Out: Parents' Rights in Public Education" on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Public Library. The School of Education is co-sponsoring this event with the Center for Values and Social Policy and the Office for Outreach & Engagement. The panel will address the legal precedents and philosophical issues involved in claims about parents' rights in public education, focusing on school choice, vaccinations, and opting out of state tests. (1/15/16)

Call for papers for ninth annual RoME conference
Submissions are open now for the ninth annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME), August 11-14, 2016. See the call for papers here. (1/13/16)

Applications for Visting Fellows now open
The Center is now taking applications for Visiting Fellows for the academic year 2016-2017. Information about the position and how to apply can be found here: (10/23/15)

John Corvino talk, "Why I Don't Like Religious Exemptions"
Professor John Corvino (Wayne State University) will present his talk "Why I Don't Like Religious Exemptions" Wednesday, October 21 from 6:00-7:30PM in MUEN E0046 (10/13/15)

Western Civilization Dialogue Series presents "On God's Authority", October 22
The Center for Values and Social Policy in conjunction with the Center for Western Civilization, Thought, and Policy presents a panel talk "On God's Authority: Conscientious Objection in the Age of Same-Sex Marriage" Thursday, October 22 7:00-8:30 PM in Eaton Humanities 1B50. Panel members are Ryan Anderson, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation; John Corvino, Professor of Philosophy, Wayne State University; Sherif Girgis, co-author of the book "What is Marriage?"; and Andrew Koppelman, Professor of Law and Political Science, Northwestern University. (10/12/15)

Center Blog Launches
The Center has launched its new blog, "What's Wrong?" Follow the blog on Facebook here. [8/10/15]

Think! Talk: "Cowspiracy" Movie, 3/19
The Think! Talk series presents a screeing of the movie "Cowspiracy", March 19th 6:30-9:00 PM in MATH 100. A panel discussion will follow. [3/10/15]

2014 Morris Colloquium to honor Alison Jaggar
The 2014 Morris Colloquium, "In the Unjust Meantime" will be held August 6-7. This year's colloquium will celebrate the work of CU Boulder Philosophy Professor of Distinction Alison Jaggar. [4/18/14]

RoME VII CFP is up:
The Sixth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress
August 7-10, 2014
See the Conference Website for more information [2/4/14]

Applications Due Feb 15!


RoME VI CFP is up:
The Sixth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress
August 8-11, 2013
See the Conference Website for more information [12/4/12]


The Fifth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress
August 9-12, 2012
See the Conference Website for more information [5/14/12]


The Morris Colloquium: March 15-16, 2012
Topic: Immigration. Speakers: Kit Wellman, Michael Blake, Adam Hosein. More information on the Morris page.  [3/8/12]

Talk: Diana Hsieh, "Should You Try to Be Morally Perfect?"
Tuesday, March 6, 2012. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.  [3/1/12]

Think! Talk: Brian Talbot, "Killing and Priming: Some Recent Research into Moral Evidence"
Tuesday, January 24, 2012. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.  [1/18/12]

The Fourth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress
August 4-7, 2011
See the Conference Website for more information [8/6/11]


Think! Talk: Ajume Wingo, "The Paths for the Perplexed: The Perils of Leadership in Modern Africa"
Wednesday, April 27, 2011. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.  [4/27/11]

The 2011 Morris Colloquium: March 10-11
Charles Mills -- the John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University -- will give us three talks.  [3/3/11]

Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

Ethics Bowl
coming to CU: December 4, 2010.

The Third Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress: August 5-8, 2010.
See the conference website for the program and other conference information.  [8/3/10]

Think! Talk: Brian Talbot, "Virtues and Video Games: How Should You Feel About Simulated Evil Acts?"
Tuesday, April 13, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.

Think! Talk: Wes Morriston, "Divinely Mandated Genocide in the Bible: Is God Bad? Or Is the Bible Wrong about God?" Tuesday, March 16, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.

Think! Talk: Michael Tooley, "What Is Wrong with the World, and Who Is to Blame?" Tuesday, February 2, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.

Call for Papers: Third Annual RoME Congress
. The Center for Values and Social Policy is pleased to invite paper proposals for the third annual RoME Congress to be held August 5-8, 2010 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Papers from all areas of ethics and political theory are invited. To encourage the participation of junior scholars, the University of Colorado will be awarding a Young Ethicist Prize of $500 for most meritorious submission by a younger scholar. Click here for a pdf of the Call for Papers.  [1/7/10]

Ethics Bowl
: Click here for information about the upcoming Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl, including registration.

New Director:
Ajume Wingo has taken over as Director of the Center for Values and Social Policy. Welcome, Ajume!


Think! Come to our free public lecture series.


RoME 2009: Click here for information about 2009's Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress.



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Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME)

lunchtime seminar series

Fall 2016

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.

Spring 2016

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"

past center talks

Fall 2015

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"

Spring 2015

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
Title TBA

Apr. 24: Professor Joseph Ulatowski (University of Texas at El Paso)
"On Where the Action Is"

Fall 2014

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
Title TBA

Spring 2014

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)
"Aristotle's Humanism"

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"

Fall 2013

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"

Spring 2013

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
"Pediatric Consent"

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"

Fall 2012

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
Title TBA

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
"Which Consequentialism?"

Spring 2012

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
"Veiled Disagreement"

Spring 2011

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
"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”

Fall 2010

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
"Normative Dilemmas"

Nov. 5: Adam Hosein
"Doing, Allowing, and the State"

Dec. 3: Ajume Wingo
"The Politics of the Apolitics of Racism"

Spring 2010

All Talks 12:00-12:50
in the Center (HLMS 269)

Jan 29: Prof. Claudia Mills
“Playing Favorites”

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
"Animal Experimentation"

Apr 16: Prof. Steve Vanderheiden (PoliSci)
"The Ethics of Free Riding"

Apr 23: Michaela McSweeney
"Against Tolerance"


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
"Artistic Integrity"

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"


Jan 18: Prof. Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)
“Ethical Vegetarianism: Feminist Requirement or Patriarchal Burden?

Jan 18: Prof. Alastair Norcross
“Euthanasia and Self-Defense”

Feb 2: Dan Demetriou
“What Moral Intuitions Are”

Feb 8: Prof. Claudia Mills
“Stigma and Openness”

Feb 22: Kendy Hess
“The Modern Corporation as Moral Agent”

Feb 29: Lisa Bates
“Privatization, Democracy, and Public Goods”

Mar 14: Prof. David Boonin
“What’s Wrong with Racial Profiling?”

Mar 21: Dr. Michael Peirce
“It’s Not My Concern: Singer and Plato, Rules, Roles, and Social Organization”

Apr 4: Prof. Chris Heathwood

“Desire-Based Theories of Welfare, of Pleasure, and of Reasons”

Apr 11: Prof. Gordon Finlayson (University of Sussex)
"Not Much Ado about Habermas and Rawls"

Apr 18: Prof. Eric Chwang

“Futility Clarified”

Apr 25: 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"

Fall 2007

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”

Nov 30: Prof. Eric Chwang
“Against Assent”

Dec 7: Audra King
“Justice, Development, and Just Development: An Institutional Approach to Analyzing Development”



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