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Symposium 2016-17

Photo of speaker Professor Jeremy Waldron“Death Squads and Death Lists: Targeted Killing and the Character of the State”


Professor Jeremy Waldron 

University Professor and Professor of Law, New York University and 
formerly Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at All Souls College, Oxford

Abstract:

The intention of this lecture is to urge critical reflection upon current US practices of targeted killing by considering not just whether acts of targeted killing can be legally justified but also what sort of state we are turning into when we organize the use of lethal force in this way – maintaining a list of named enemies of the state who are to be eliminated in this way. I make use of the unpleasant terminology of "death lists" and "death squads" to jolt us into this reflection. Of course, there are differences between the activities of death squads in (say) El Salvador in the early 1980s and the processes by which US special forces, intelligence personnel, and drone operators, kill the individuals named on a list of state enemies, one by one. They are not morally equivalent. But the two sets of phenomena are much closer to one another than we ought to be comfortable with. And we certainly should not be comfortable with a world in which death lists and death squads -- even of the respect able American kind -- become a standard practice and standard operating procedure for all states.


"The Shape of the State"


Philip Pettit (L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University)
Thursday, October 27th, 2016,
5:30PM lecture followed by 7PM reception
UCSD Faculty Club


Philip Pettit


Abstract: Political philosophy is an account of what the polity or state ought to be and ought to do. But what it ought to be and do depends on the shape it can assume. And that is the topic of this lecture. The questions to be raised include the relation of the polity to the legal system, its role as a corporate agency, the locus of sovereignty within that agency, and the different democratic modes in which it may be organized.

Symposium 2014-15

"Consciousness Unbound: The Ethics of Neuroimaging After Severe Brain Injury

Charles Weijer, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

5:30PM lecture followed by 7:00PM reception

UCSD Faculty Club

Weijer

Abstract: Severe brain injury is a major cause of disability and death. In the hours and days after brain injury, families may be faced with the decision whether to continue life-sustaining therapy. Patients who survive may emerge into a vegetative or minimally conscious state in which they are incapable of meaningful communication. Recent advances in neuroimaging cast a new light on behaviorally non-responsive patients after brain injury. Functional MRI is now being used in the research setting to map residual cognitive function in brain-injured patients, including the ability to process speech, comprehend language, and follow commands. In a few cases, neuroimaging has allowed for communication with otherwise unresponsive patients. This research raises difficult ethical issues. Should research results be shared with families in the ICU setting when life and death decisions are at stake? What does neuroimaging data tell us about our moral obligations to brain-injured patients? And how can neuroimaging communication be used responsibly to benefit patients?


 

UC SAN DIEGO PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT SYMPOSIUM SERIES

Many faculty and graduate students in Philosophy are doing work in ethics and social-political philosophy that engages issues of broad public interest and concern. As part of our mission to contribute to the public's understanding and appreciation of these issues, the department has launched a new symposium series under the banner Ethics in the Public Sphere.

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Symposium 2013-14

Winter 2014 


“Peter Singer on Effective Altruism”  - Poster

        Symposium and Ted Talk Viewing at UCSD in H&SS 1330

        Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:30pm-7:50pm

        PARTICIPANTS:

  • Peter Singer

        OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

          First-come, first-seated policy
          For more information contact:
          Theron Pummer
          UCSD Philosophy Dept.

“Philip Kitcher, Can We Sustain Democracy, and the    Planet Too?” - Poster

        Symposium at the UCSD Faculty Club
        Reception to follow

        Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 5:00pm-8:00pm

        PARTICIPANTS:

  • Philip Kitcher

        OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

          For more information contact:
          Susanne Degher
          UCSD Philosophy Dept.

Symposium 2012-13

Fall 2012

“OUR DUTIES TO DISTANT NEEDY PERSONS”   - Schedule  - Poster

        Symposium at the UCSD Faculty Club 

        Saturday, November 3, 2012, 1:00pm – 5:30pm

        PARTICIPANTS:

        OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

          RSVP by mailing Susanne Degher at sdegher@ucsd.edu
          For more information contact:
          Theron Pummer
          UCSD Philosophy Dept.
          tpummer@ucsd.edu  

Winter 2013

“WAR ETHICS”  - Poster

         A Conference at the UCSD Faculty Club
         Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, 2013, 9:00am-5:30pm

         PARTICIPANTS:

        OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WITH REGISTRATION

          For registration and general information contact:
          Prof. Sam Rickless
          UCSD Philosophy Dept.
          srickless@ucsd.edu 

Spring 2013

“THE AIMS OF EDUCATION”  - Poster

        Symposium at the UCSD Faculty Club 

        Saturday, April 20, 2013, 1:00pm-5:30pm

        PARTICIPANTS:

        OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

          RSVP by mailing Susanne Degher at sdegher@ucsd.edu
          For more information contact:
          Michael Tiboris
          UCSD Philosophy Dept.
          mtiboris@ucsd.edu  

Ethics in the Public Sphere Video Archives

Ethics in the Public Sphere: "Death Squads and Death Lists: Targeted Killing and the Character of the State"

Ethics in the Public Sphere: Death Squads and Death Lists: Targeted Killing and the Character of the State”

Ethics in the Public Sphere: Death Squads and Death Lists: Targeted Killing and the Character of the State”

Jonathan Cohen, Department Chair Introduces Jeremy Waldron, University Professor and Professor of Law, New York University speaking on “Death Squads and Death Lists: Targeted Killing and the Character of the State” with a short Q&A following the lecture.

Ethics in the Public Sphere: The Shape of the State

Ethics in the Public Sphere: Consciousness Unbound

Ethics in the Public Sphere: War Ethics

Ethics in the Public Sphere: Aims of Education