23 June 2015

unfortunately, the most you can go back is 30 seconds


I wonder if there are actually any statistics on this

Casey Perin, an associate professor of philosophy who directs the department’s graduate program, said 5+2 is especially appealing within the discipline because most philosophy dissertations are a series of articles, not book-length works.



06 May 2015

pizza party

Thu 7 May
IASH room

*50 years of service by Tony Preus

29 April 2015

Variations on the Trolley Problem



The Meta-Ethical Problem

There’s an out of control trolley speeding towards Immanuel Kant. You have the ability to pull a lever and change the trolley’s path so it hits Jeremy Bentham instead. Jeremy Bentham clutches the only existing copy of Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals. Kant holds the only existing copy of Bentham’s The Principles of Morals and Legislation. Both of them are shouting at you that they have recently started to reconsider their ethical stances.

24 April 2015

Reeves at IASH on Wed.

April 29, 2015 IASH Fellows' Speaker Series: Anthony Reeves, (Philosophy) Human Rights, Risk, and Responsibility
Who is responsible for protecting human rights?  In a circumstance where multiple institutions (states, corporations, NGOs, international organizations, etc.) can affect the interests that human rights protect, how should we allocate responsibility for protecting those interests?  I examine several types of normative responses to this question with the aim of identifying a principled basis for approaching it.  Tort law has faced a similar problem: who should mitigate specific dangers to legally protected interests in a pervasively risky interactive environment?  Hence, I attempt to draw some lessons from the theory and practice of torts for the purposes of addressing the moral problem posed by human rights.
Wednesday April 29, 2015, 12:00pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)