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October 2017

Parr Center Presents: Laurie Shrage

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Laurie Shrage's work evaluates public policies on markets in sexual services and expressive materials, reproductive health care, legal gender identity, and marriage. She is more interested in the active application of philosophical theory to inform public debate - in what she terms "empirically informed philosophy" - than she is in focusing her work on a particular school of philosophical thought. She suggests that moral and political philosophers should pay more attention to historical and scientific accounts of political and moral problems than they…

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Happiness and Well-Being: a one-day conference

October 14

Bringing together three experts on the nature of happiness and well-being -- Marc Fleurbaey (Princeton University), Carol Graham (the Bookings Institute), Dan Russell (University of Arizona) -- this one-day workshop is designed to bring participants up to speed on current research and issues in understanding the nature of happiness and well-being. No specific background presupposed. Open and free to all. Lunch and reception provided. Registration is required. To see the complete schedule and register for this event, please click here.  This…

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November 2017

Diversi-Tea

November 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join the Diversity Committee in the Caldwell Hall library for tea time! All members of the Philosophy Department are invited. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served.

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Speaker Series: John MacFarlane (Berkeley)

November 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In addition to Berkeley's Department of Philosophy, John MacFarlane is a member of the Group in Logic and the Methodology of Science and a co-organizer of the Meaning Sciences Club and the Townsend Center Working Group in the History and Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science. Most of his work is in the philosophy of logic and language. Other research interests include metaphysics and epistemology, the philosophy of mathematics, philosophical logic, the history of logic, Frege, Kant, ancient philosophy (particularly Aristotle), and fiddlosophy.…

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PPE Talk: Sarah Conly

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Title: TBA Professor Conly is the author of of Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism (Cambridge University Press 2013) and One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? (Oxford University Press, 2016), and a broad range of articles on related topics. She is currently at work on liberty: when and why it matters (and when and why it does not).  

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January 2018

North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl

January 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Saturday, January 20th, high school students from across North Carolina will travel to UNC to participate in a state-wide Ethics Bowl competition, hosted by the Parr Center for Ethics. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, moderator, or room staff, please contact our Ethics Bowl Director, Dominique Dery, at dominique.dery@unc.edu.

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February 2018

Speaker Series: Dmitri Gallow (Pittsburgh)

February 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dmitri Gallow (PhD, University of Michigan, 2014) is an assistant professor of philosophy.  His primary research interests lie in the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and epistemology.  He spends most of his time thinking about causation, chance, subjunctive conditionals, and the rational norms governing partial, or degreed, belief states.

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Diversi-Tea!

February 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join the Diversity Committee in the Caldwell Hall library for tea time! All members of the Philosophy Department are invited. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served.

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Speaker Series: Kate Manne (Cornell)

February 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kate Manne is an assistant professor of the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University, where she's been teaching since 2013. Before that, she was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2011 to 2013. Kate Manne did her graduate work at MIT from 2006 to 2011, with the generous support of a General Sir John Monash scholarship. She was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne (her hometown), where she studied philosophy, logic, and computer science.

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PPE Talk: Richard Reeves

February 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Richard Reeves is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute. He works on "social mobility, inequality, and family change." Before his time at Brookings, he served as Director of Strategy for the UK's Deputy Prime Minister.

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