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October 2017

Department Talk: Paul Hurley, “Exiting The Consequentialist Circle”

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

“Exiting The Consequentialist Circle: Two Senses of Bringing It About” Consequentialism is a state of affairs centered moral theory that finds support in state of affairs centered views of value, reason, action, and desire/preference.  Together these views form a mutually reinforcing circle.  I map an exit route out of this circle by distinguishing between two different senses in which actions can be understood as bringing about states of affairs.  All actions, reasons, desires, and values involve bringing about in the…

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Public lecture: Paul Hurley, “Why Markets Actually Require Morality to Function Efficiently”

October 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

“Why Markets Actually Require Morality to Function Efficiently” There is commonly taken to be a fundamental tension between morality and markets.  The cost-effective, efficient, profit maximizing course of action and the right course of action often diverge, and it is inefficient and costly to do the right thing, placing such actors at a competitive disadvantage.  The suggestion is that markets are spheres that mandate purely self-interested interaction – there is no place for morality within markets.  I will argue that…

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November 2017

Department talk: Sarah Stroud, “Conceptual Disagreement”

November 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

"Conceptual Disagreement" Can you disagree with someone without thinking that what they say (or think) is false? As we shall see, this is not only possible but (we shall argue) quite frequent. But we will reach this conclusion only via a somewhat winding route. Starting with the type of disagreement most familiar from the philosophical literature, we will progressively expand the circle of genuine disagreement until it encompasses even conceptual disagreement, which one might have thought a contradiction in terms.…

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Public lecture: Sarah Stroud, “What is Wrong with Lying?”

November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"What is Wrong with Lying?" Most of us would confidently say that lying is wrong—or, at least, that there is something wrong with lying. But what exactly is wrong with it? It turns out to be more difficult than one might have thought to answer this question. I survey some of the obvious potential explanations of the wrongness of lying and suggest that they prove unsatisfying on reflection. I then offer my own proposal for what is wrongful in lying:…

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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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April 2018

National High School Ethics Bowl

April 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018

On April 20 - 22, High School teams from across the country will travel to UNC - Chapel Hill to compete in the National Championships. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, moderator, or general volunteer, please email Dominique Dery, Director of the National High School Ethics Bowl, at dkldery@email.unc.edu.

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