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Ethics in the Public Sphere

Exploring the ethical challenges facing contemporary society, UC San Diego’s Department of Philosophy is bringing relevant and timely topics to the forefront for greater understanding and discussion. Ethics in the Public Sphere (EPS) was established in 2012 as a forum to bring to light the discussions and debates where ethics and public life intersect. EPS has since become a distinguished lecture series.

Read more about the series here:
Interview with former Philosophy Department Chair, Donald P. Rutherford

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Next Event: 


"Selves Like us"

 Susan R. Wolf -  Professor of Moral Philosophy and Philosopher of Action, 
 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Abstract: Since at least the seventeenth century, philosophers have distinguished membership in the species homo sapiens from moral personhood, a category which they take to be of considerable ethical and practical significance.  But there are other nonbiological features that are of ethical and practical significance as well, suggesting that there is an ethical, non-biological conception of humanity that is different from the standard philosophical understanding of moral personhood. After reflecting on the benefits and dangers of focusing attention on the idea of “the distinctively human,” the lecture explores the variety of features and capacities that distinguish “selves like us” from lower animals, artificially intelligent machines, and possibly imaginary divine and extraterrestrial rational individuals. 


        Thursday, November 14, 2019
        UC San Diego, Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion, 4-7PM
        Free Event: Talk, Q&A, and Reception

        Please RSVP by emailing Susanne Degher at sdegher@ucsd.edu



Past Events:

 

"Immigration and Morality: Invitation to a Dialogue"  April 11, 2019

Joseph Carens. Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

 

"Condemned to Tribalism? Us Versus Them in Contemporary America" November 15, 2018

Allen Buchanan. Allen Buchanan. Professor of Philosophy at Duke University and also Professor of the Philosophy of International Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College, London

 

"#metoo and the Failure to Warn Others" May 24, 2018 

Elizabeth Harman. Associate Professor of Philosophy and Human Values, Princeton University

 

“The Roads To and From the Paris Climate Agreement”     December 1, 2017

Andrew Light. University Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy and Atmospheric Sciences, George Mason University; Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Climate Program, World Resources Institute 

 

“Death Squads and Death Lists: Targeted Killing and the Character of the State”     May 4, 2017

Jeremy Waldron. University Professor and Professor of Law, New York University; former Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, All Souls College, Oxford

 

“The Shape of the State”     October 27, 2016

Philip Pettit. L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University

 

“Consciousness Unbound: The Ethics of Neuroimaging After Severe Brain Injury”     April 29, 2015

Charles Weijer, M.D., Ph.D. Professor Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

 

“Effective Altruism”     February 25, 2014

Peter Singer. Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

 

“Can We Sustain Democracy and the Planet Too?”     March 12, 2014

Philip Kitcher. Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University 

 

“The Aims of Education” Panel  April 20, 2013

  • “Revising the Aims of Education”, Michael Tiboris, UC San Diego
  • “Molding Conscientious, Hard-Working, and Perseverant Students”, Jennifer Morton, Professor of Philosophy, The City College of New York
  • “Education in Human Values: Are There Standards of Humanity and Ethics in Education and Teacher Preparation?”, John Johnson, Professor of Education, San Diego State University
  • “Making Meaning Out of the School Day”, Dan Lang, Head of Francis Parker Middle School
  • “High Commitment Charter Schools and Principles of Educational Justice”, Gina Schouten, Professor of Philosophy, Illinois State University

 

“War Ethics” Panel March 1-2, 2013

  • Helen Frowe, University of Kent; Commentator: David Reed Mapel, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Adil Ahmad Haque, Rutgers School of Law; Commentator: François Tanguay-Renaud,Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Seth Lazar, Australian National University; Commentator: Saba Bazargan, UC San Diego
  • Larry May, Vanderbilt University and Law School; Commentator: Kai Draper, University of Delaware
  • Jeff McMahan, Rutgers University; Commentator: Richard Arneson, UC San Diego
  • David Rodin, Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict, Oxford University; Commentator: Mattias Iser, Goethe University, Frankfurt
  • Nancy Sherman, Georgetown University; Commentator: Bradley Strawser, US Naval Postgraduate School
  • Victor Tadros, University of Warwick School of Law; Commentator: Dana Nelkin, UC San Diego

 

“Our Duties to Distant Needy Persons”   November 3, 2012

  • “Fortune and Fairness in Global Economic Life”, Aaron James, Professor of Philosophy, UC Irvine. Commentator: Richard Arneson, Professor of Philosophy, UC San Diego.
  • “Reconsidering Singer’s Drowning Child Example”, Douglas Portmore, Professor of Philosophy, Arizona State University. Commentator: K. Violet McKeon, UC Irvine.

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