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...
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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...
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.
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
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...
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
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...
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...
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...