Ethics

2004 May 04

Safety, Security and Public Goods with Structure

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Austin Hall East, Harvard Law School

Speaker: Jeremy Waldron, Maurice and Hilde Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia University

4:30 pm
Austin Hall East, Harvard Law School

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

Co-sponsored with Harvard Law School.

2009 Apr 16

How to Do Things with People who Aren't: The Moral Responsibility of the Author

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Location: Sackler Auditorium, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Speaker: Alexander McCall Smith, Novelist, and Emeritus Professor of Medical Law, University of Edinburgh

Alexander McCall Smith delivered a witty, conversational, and fascinating lecture to a full auditorium in the Sackler Museum. He began with an example: During a recent book tour event in Sydney, two young women approached McCall Smith to have their books signed. One soon indicated that she was worried about a new romance between two characters in the book. When McCall Smith inquired as to why, he was told: "It...

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2008 Apr 03

Immigration Policy: Sovereignty, Humanitarian Law, or Human Rights?

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Kennedy School of Government

Speaker: Ruth Gavison, Haim H. Cohn Professor of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University

In her lecture, "Immigration Policy: Sovereignty, Humanitarian Law, or Human Rights?" Professor Ruth Gavison attempted to analyze the framing of and discourse around immigration. In particular, Gavison was interested in determining whether the recent trend towards bringing the language of human rights to bear on this problem is a good one.

Gavison began by arguing that immigration is one of...

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2007 May 18

20th Anniversary Conference

(All day)

Friday, May 18

4:15–6:00pm: Keynote Address
Amartya Sen, Lamont Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University
Can Justice Help Practice?

Saturday, May 19

Keynote Panel Discussion
seJustice: True in Theory but Not in Practice?
Amartya Sen and former members of the Center for Ethics:

Ezekiel Emanuel, Director, Center for Bioethics, National Institutes of Health
Amy Gutmann
, President of the University of Pennsylvania; Former Director, Princeton Center for Human...

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2006 Nov 09

Violence and the Sacred: On Sacrifice and the Political Order

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Starr Auditorium, Kennedy School of Government

Speaker: Moshe Halbertal, Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Hebrew University

On November 9, 2006, Moshe Halbertal gave the second in a series of lectures by former faculty fellows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Professor Halbertal's lecture was titled "Violence and the Sacred: On Sacrifice and the Political Order." He is Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at The Hebrew University, a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and...

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2005 Nov 02

Lecture I: Politics and Polarization

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Lowell Lecture Hall, Oxford & Kirkland Streets

Speaker: James Q. Wilson, Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

James Q. Wilson began his first lecture of the Tanner Lecture series on the polarization of American politics, culture and society by remarking that "the election in 2004 left our country deeply divided over whether the country is deeply divided" (Wilson 1, 1). Some scholars such as Morris Fiorina argue that although it may be true that elites are divided, this does not hold true...

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2004 Nov 19

Seminar: Our Democratic Constitution

9:00am

Location: 

Weiner Auditorium, Kennedy School of Government

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

Open to the public. Seating limited.

2004 Dec 08

Beyond the Harm Principle

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Austin Hall West, Harvard Law School

Speaker: Arthur Ripstein, Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Toronto

Summary by Annie Stilz, Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellow in Ethics

Professor Ripstein began his lecture with a reiteration of J.S. Mill's well-known harm principle, often taken to an important basis for liberal views of the criminal law. Simply stated, the harm principle holds that only those acts that harm or threaten harm to others...

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2004 Mar 18

Trust and Transition: What Makes for Horizontal Trust in New Democracies?

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, KSG

Speaker: Claus Offe, Professor of Political Science, Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt University, Berlin

Summary by Noah Dauber, Edmond J. Safra Fellow in Ethics

Claus Offe began his talk in the natural fashion with a definition of trust. The concept of trust is multidisciplinary, used in theology, psychology, and economics. Trust has two aspects, cognitive and motivational. One's certainty that the social object of trust, the trustee will honor a promise is based on the certainty that...

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2008 Oct 30

Toward a New Theory of Minority Empowerment: Elections and Governance

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Location: Starr Auditorium, Harvard Kennedy School

Speaker: Heather Gerken, Professor of Law, Yale University

In her talk, Gerken advanced a view of minority empowerment that connected three important areas of constitutional law: federalism, equal protection, and free speech. At the core of Gerken's theory was a novel conception of diversity, which she calls second-order diversity. In our common understanding of diversity, or what Gerken calls first-order diversity, an institution is diverse to the extent its constituent groups mirror the...

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1987 May 18

Why End a Person's Life

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Land Auditorium, Belfer 4th Floor

Speaker: Grant Gillett, Fellow in Philosophy, Magdalen College, Oxford University

2008 Mar 14

Colloquium

1:00pm

Location: 

KSG

Speaker: G.A. Cohen, Chiechele Professor of Social and Political Theory, Oxford University; A.J. Julius, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UCLA

Co-sponsored with Harvard's Government and Philosophy Departments

2006 Nov 16

Genomics, Race, and Medicine: Lecture 2

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Lowell Lecture Hall

Speaker: Mary-Claire King, American Cancer Society Research Professor of Genetics and Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

After briefly reviewing her first lecture, Mary-Claire King explained how genomics could be used to determine one's continent of origin. As a case study, she presented none other than Bill Nye the Science Guy. King tested his DNA for several dozen markers she had around the...

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