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Spetnagel Ethics Lecture Series

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The Philosophy Department, in conjunction with the Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics, brings distinguished philosophers in Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy to present lectures both to the general public and to the department.

Topics have ranged from questions in the law (criminal liability for minors, paternal rights, judicial review), political philosophy (terrorism and morality, J.S. Mill on liberalism, the war in Iraq, religious and cultural toleration), and ethics (the morality of truth-telling, honesty in business, preserving elephants, Stoic warriors).

Honored guests have included Michael Bratman, David Brink, Samuel Freeman, Thomas Christiano, David Copp, James Dreier, Thomas Hill Jr., Donald Hubin, Paul Hurley, Christine Korsgaard, Elijah Millgram, Peter Railton, David Schmidtz, Nancy Sherman, John Skorupski, Elizabeth Willott, Daniel Russell, Dale Jamieson, R. Jay Wallace, and Samuel Scheffler.

Recent Events

David Shoemaker, portrait in officeThe Ohio University Lectures in Ethics series presents Dr. David Shoemaker on “Learning from Psychopaths” on Friday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in Scripps 111. Shoemaker is Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University. Abstract: Some people have estimated that up to 4 percent of our fellow humans are psychopaths. They […]

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Colin Allen, portraitThe Ohio University Lectures in the History and Philosophy of Science series presents Dr. Colin Allen on “Suffering: A Neurofunctional Account” on Friday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. in Scripps 111. Allen is Distinguished Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Abstract: In this talk […]

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Dr. Tamar Schapiro, portraitThe Spetnagel Ethics Lecture Series series presents Dr. Tamar Schapiro discussing What Are You Doing When You Are Controlling Yourself? on Friday, April 13, at 4 p.m. in Scripps 111. Schapiro is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This event is free and open to the […]

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Dr. Larry S. TemkinThe Ohio University Philosophy Department’s annual Spetnagel Ethics Lecture features Dr. Larry S. Temkin discussing “Is Living Longer, Living Better?” on Monday, March 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Walter Hall 235. Temkin is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He will discuss the topic of […]

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Spetnagel Ethics Lecture – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Mar 01

Dr. Walter Sinnott-ArmstrongThe Ohio University Institute for Applied & Professional Ethics presents Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on “Is Morality Unified?” on Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m., in Stocker 103. This is the Philosophy Department’s Annual Spetnagel Ethics Lecture. Sinnott-Armstrong is the Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at Duke University. This event […]

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