25 October 2017

Dissertation defense: Aaron Bell

Aaron Bell

"The World's Agony Raised to a Concept: Negative Dialectics and Animal Suffering"

Thu 26 Oct

24 October 2017

Graduate Student Conference: Law-Breaking and Theories of Resistance

it's coming soon!


a conference organized by students in the graduate program in Social, Political, Ethical, and Legal Philosophy

Saturday, November 4th, 2017
9:00am to 5:30pm
Binghamton University Downtown Center
Room 223

Keynote by Gabriel Rockhill, Villanova University
"Standing Before the Law: Toward a Theory of Immanent Normativity"


Dean's Distinguished Lecture: Max Pensky

Dean's Distinguished Lecture
2017 Harpur Dean's Distinguished Lecture:
Is the Battle Against Impunity Worth Winning?
Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.
Old Union Hall | University Union
Presented by Max Pensky, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of Binghamton's Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
RSVP to Tracey Greene, or call 607-777-6799 by Nov. 1.
Pensky's presentation takes up the issue of the purpose and future prospects of international criminal law. Since the mid-1990s, international criminal law has gained dramatically in profile, prestige and influence, culminating in the advent of international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court. In the policies and practices of the United Nations and the larger international human rights organizations, a new norm of anti-impunity has emerged in tandem with these new international institutions. Battling impunity, resisting a culture of impunity, or closing the "impunity gap" has become a near-universal goal of international human rights efforts. But what is impunity, and why is it bad enough to justify the project of continuing and expanding international criminal justice?
The presentation argues that a narrow conception of the battle against impunity - punishing perpetrators of serious international crimes - is inadequate to justify a future for international criminal law. A broader conception - providing accountability - is currently too vague to be of real help. The presentation offers a more precise conception of accountability based in deliberation, the public giving and taking of reasons. This conception helps redefine international criminal justice as part of a broader effort to advance border-crossing deliberative institutions. Redefining international criminal justice in this expanded way may help support what now appears to be a flagging project. But whether it is compatible with international criminal justice's status as a branch of criminal law remains an important and open question.
RSVP to Tracey Greene, or call 607-777-6799 by Nov. 1.

13 October 2017

Dissertation defense: Jake Bartholomew

Jake Bartholomew


Friday the 13th (of October, 2017)
9am to 11am
probably in LT 1210, I think

SPEL Workshop on teaching

oops -- there was a Professional Development Workshop on teaching yesterday. You probably knew that. In any case, I'm still posting this, for the sake of record-keeping.

Dear SPEL graduate students,

This is a quick reminder that there will be a SPEL workshop on “Teaching ” this Thursday, October 12, from 11:45 am -1 pm in the IASH Conference Room (LN - 1106).
The workshop is mandatory for all first- and second-year SPEL students.  

09 October 2017

Malala's taking philosophy

03 October 2017

Graduate Application for Degree

Are you planning to take a degree this semester?  If yes, The Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD) for Fall 2017 is available on the Graduate School website Graduation page.

The deadline to be included in the commencement program is Monday, November 6.  Timely completion of this form ensures timely completion of degree paperwork.  If you also wish to participate in Commencement in the spring, please visit the Commencement website and complete a participation form.