Ethics

2011 Dec 01

When the Experts are Uncertain: Scientific Knowledge and the Ethics of Democratic Judgment

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Austin Hall, 100 North, Harvard Law School

Speaker: Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Abstract: This paper explores the problem of the relation of democratic judgment to expert knowledge, focusing in particular on the case of scientific knowledge and the implications of its forms of uncertainty. It begins by broadly characterizing the problem of knowledge in political theory and in democratic theory in particular, drawing on the history of political...

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2008 Apr 24

Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

KSG

Speaker: Josiah Ober, Professor of Classics and Political Science, Stanford University

Josiah Ober, Constantine Mitsotakis Professor of Classics and Political Science at Stanford University, spoke on the central themes of his forthcoming book, Democracy and Knowledge(Princeton, 2008). He provided an overview of the empirical evidence that Athens outperformed its rivals among the contemporary Greek city-states, and identified a correlation...

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2010 Oct 01

Symposium: "Dignity"

9:30am to 4:45pm

Location: 

Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Fifth floor, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

Please join us on Friday, October 1 at the Center for Ethics for a special symposium featuring Professor Michael Rosen's manuscript, "Dignity," and responses from guest speakers. A preliminary schedule and details can be found below. If you have any questions, please contact Sabeel Rahman at rahman@fas.harvard.edu.

Friday, October 1, 2010
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
124 Mount Auburn Street
Fifth floor
Cambridge, MA

(Please note, the Center for Ethics has moved to a new location at 124 Mount Auburn...

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2008 May 08

Equality and the New Global Order Conference

Thu May 8 (All day) to Sat May 10 (All day)

On May 8, 9, and 10, 2008, researchers and scholars from disciplines such as law, philosophy, political science, and anthropology came together to explore topics in the area of human rights studies. This cosponsored event, organized by Mathias Risse, featured twelve talks over these three days, each with a commentator. To see Martin O'Neill's summary of the conference sessions, the list of cosponsors, and the photo gallery, please see the links below.

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2009 Sep 25

Isaiah Berlin: Centennial Reflections

(All day)

Location: 

Tsai Auditorium, Center for Government and International Studies, 1730 Cambridge Street
Friday September 25
10:00am WELCOMING REMARKS

10:15-12:30pm POLITICS BETWEEN UTOPIA AND REALITY
MICHAEL WALZER - Should We Reclaim Political Utopianism
MALACHI HACOHEN - Cosmopolitanism, the European Nation State and Jewish Life: Berlin and Popper

2:15-4:30pm LITERATURE AND THE HISTORY OF IDEAS
SVETLANA BOYM - Dialogues on Liberty Beyond the Cold War: Isaiah Berlin and Anna Akhmatova
ALAN RYAN - The History of Ideas as Psychodrama

9:...

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2007 Nov 08

What Does Empirical Research on Moral Intuitions Tell Us about Morality?

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Kennedy School of Government

Speaker: Richard Holton, Professor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

On November 8th, 2007, Professor Richard Holton, Professor of Philosophy at MIT, delivered a lecture entitled "What Does Empirical Research on Moral Intuitions Tell us About Morality". The lecture was delivered to a large and disciplinarily diverse audience.

Holton began by discussing two possible meta-ethical models and their implications for the value of empirical research on moral intuitions: 1) ethics is like...

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2006 Nov 17

Seminar with Professor King and Commentators

(All day)

Location: 

Starr Auditorium, KSG

Speaker: Mary-Claire King, American Cancer Society Research Professor of Genetics and Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
Evelynn M. Hammonds, Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies
Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies
Robert Truog, Professor of Medical Ethics and Anesthesiology (Pediatrics), Harvard Medical School

On Friday, Nov. 17th, Dr. King took...

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2006 May 11

Equality and the New Global Order Conference

Thu May 11 (All day) to Sat May 13 (All day)

Conference Organizer: Mathias Risse; Jointly Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and the Project on Justice, Welfare, and Economics, with additional financial support by the Kennedy School of Government, the Provost's Office, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Ash Institute for Democratic Innovation, and the Center for International Development.

Consider the status of distributive equality. For purposes of distributive justice the idea of a "global village" is a non-starter. There is no way of motivating governments...

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2006 Feb 27

The Excellent Execution: Why Physicians Participate in Lethal Injection of Prisoners

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Taubman ABC

Speaker: Atul Gawande, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health

Summary by Thomas Cochrane, M.D., Faculty Fellow 2005-2006, Instructor in Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gawande's lecture about physician participation in state-ordered execution came at a strangely propitious moment. One week before this talk, physician participation in execution became national news, when two California...

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2004 Nov 17

Lecture I: Our Democratic Constitution

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Lowell Auditorium, Oxford & Kirkland Streets

Speaker: The Honorable Stephen Breyer, Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Summary by H̩elene Landemore, Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellow in Ethics

Opening his first Tanner lecture, Justice Stephen Breyer – joking about himself as being the most senior junior Justice the Supreme Court ever had – invoked the three reasons behind his desire to talk about democracy as the central notion of his interpretation of the American Constitution.

The first set of motivations, he said, had to do with his desire to share his experience as a Supreme Court...

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