Ethics

2007 Oct 11

Intoxicated Consent to Sexual Relations

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Kennedy School of Government

Speaker: Alan Wertheimer, Senior Research Scholar, Department of Clinical Bioethics, National Institutes of Health; John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of Vermont

Alan Wertheimer, Research Fellow in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Vermont, spoke about intoxicated consent to sexual relations. We typically think, he said, that it's permissible to have sex with someone if and only if that person consents....

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2006 Nov 15

Genomics, Race, and Medicine: Lecture 1

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

The Harvard University Tanner Lectures for 2006 were delivered by Mary-Claire King, American Cancer Society Research Professor of Genetics and Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. King is known world-wide for her discovery of the inheritable BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations, which indicate a high likelihood of breast and ovarian cancer...

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2005 Nov 03

Lecture II: Religion 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

The second Tanner lecture centered on the role of religion in American polarization. "Religion may be one of the most important sources of polarization in American politics" (Wilson 2, 1) because of the extent of religiosity among Americans and because of the kind of religiosity a country such as America, with a clear separation of church and state, develops.

With respect...

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2005 Oct 06

Morality and Mental Illness

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Starr Auditorium, Kennedy School of Government

Speaker: Anita L. Allen-Castellitto, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

In the first lecture of the year, Morality and Mental Illness, Anita Allen presented her argument that ethicists ought to pay more attention to the moral agency of the mentally ill. She argued that because such a high percentage of the adult, white, literate population (26%) (not including those who are already hospitalized, minority groups or the homeless) can be classified as mentally ill (illness here...

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2005 Feb 24

Iraq and the Ethics of Nation Building

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Starr Auditorium, Kennedy School of Government

Speaker: Noah Feldman, Associate Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Summary by Simon Rippon, Edmund J. Safra Graduate Fellow in Ethics

Professor Feldman is a former advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and his lecture explored the connections between some classic problems for a liberal democracy and the concrete political realities of a postwar Iraq under US occupation. Bracketing the question of the legitimacy of the invasion itself, he argued...

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2004 Apr 08

Cultural Diversity v. Economic Solidarity: Resolving the Tension

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, KSG

Speaker: Philippe Van Parijs, Professor, Faculty of Economic, Social & Political Sciences, Universite Catholique de Louvain - Chaire Hoover

Summary by Ian MacMullen, Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellow in Ethics

Professor Philippe van Parijs told an audience at Harvard's Center for Ethics and the Professions that non-native English speakers must be prepared to use that language in deliberative forums to make powerful arguments for greater economic justice in the global community; he certainly practices what...

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2008 Nov 20

Human Weakness and the Limits of Responsibility

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Location: Starr Auditorium, Harvard Kennedy School

Speaker: Gideon Rosen, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Council of the Humanities, Princeton University

On November 20th 2008, Gideon Rosen, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, delivered a lecture, entitled "Human Weakness and Responsibility."

He begins with a memorable example: Drazen Erdemovic, a soldier in the Bosnian Serb Army after Srebrenica, was...

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