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February 2022

Philosophy in 15 Minutes

February 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Get to know the UNC Philosophy department through a series of short presentations on intriguing Philosophical ideas and introductions to extracurricular programs! Refreshments will be provided afterwards. Program for Philosophy in 15 Minutes, Friday February 18, 3-5 pm, Memorial Hall (1) Welcome and Introduction: Michael Vazquez (Host) (2) Lucia Schwarz (15 Minutes Presentation) (3) Andrea Volcan (PPE) (4) Kenzie Novak, Samad Rangoonwala (Parr Center) (5) Karl Adam (15 Minutes Presentation) (6) Nathan Harrison (Philosophy Club) (7) Matthew Kotzen (15 Minutes…

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Speaker Series: Beatrice Longuenesse (NYU)

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This event will be held virtually over Zoom. Abstract for Conflicting Logics of the Mind. Lessons from Kant and Freud Béatrice Longuenesse, New York University In previous work, I have claimed that Sigmund Freud’s and Immanuel Kant’s respective views of human mental life present striking similarities. The goal of this paper is to respond to objections to this admittedly surprising claim. The central objection under consideration concerns the contrast between, on the one hand, Kant’s view of what he calls…

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March 2022

Balter Distinguished Lecture: Juliana Bidadanure (Stanford)

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Title: Justice Across Ages Optional sub-title: What Does it Mean to Treat Young and Old as Equals? Abstract: Age structures our lives and societies. It shapes social institutions, roles, and relationships, as well as how we assign obligations and entitlements within them. Each life-stage also brings its characteristic opportunities and vulnerabilities, which spawn multidimensional inequalities between young and old. How should we respond to these age-related inequalities? Are they unfair in the same way gender or racial inequalities are? Or…

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Institutions, Rights, and Society: A Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Exploration

March 5 @ 9:15 am - 3:45 pm

In collaboration and with support from the UNC-Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program First created at Oxford University in the 1920s, the field of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) cultivates unique interdisciplinary perspectives on ideas that shape our socioeconomic and political world. In collaboration with UNC-Duke PPE program, we have organized a seminar that features scholarship on contemporary issues from the perspective of three different disciplines. We will learn about education systems and the political activism of children from Alexandra…

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PPE Society Presents: Author Meets Critics: Nicole Hassoun’s Global Health Impact: Extending Access to Essential Medicines

March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Registration: Event Abstract: As the COVID-19 pandemic surges around the world, for the first time many individuals in wealthy countries, such as the United States, have learned what it is like to lack access to essential medicines. However, this has been a reality for low- and middle-income countries around the world for years that are already dealing with localized epidemics from deadly diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. While treatments exist for these illnesses, underdeveloped health infrastructures, extremely…

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PPE Speaker Series: “The Justice Argument Against Catholic Integralism” with Kevin Vallier

March 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Abstract: Liberalism is taking a beating. Many deny, evermore boldly, that freedom and equality are central political values. The fiercest challengers are religious anti-liberals. These groups argue that the state should promote the authentic human good with coercion if necessary. The chief of these goods is communion or friendship with the divine. This paper argues against the religious anti-liberalism known as Catholic integralism. This view was the dominant political philosophy in Latin Christendom between the 11th and 16th centuries and is…

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April 2022

Chapel Hill Normativity Workshop

April 1 - April 3
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National High School Ethics Bowl 2022

April 8 @ 5:00 pm - April 10 @ 7:00 pm
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Speaker Series: Tyler Burge (UCLA)

April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Title:  A Map of Lower Representational Mind Abstract: Lower Representational Mind is roughly the system of mental capacities that are less complex, less sophisticated, and more widespread in the animal kingdom, than propositional attitudes.  Lower representational mind centers in perception.  I begin by discussing, the border between perception and non-perceptual, non-representational sensing.  Then I discuss some basic facts about perception–its iconic or map-like character and its representing at various levels of abstraction.  I also touch on what is known about…

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PPE Speaker Series: “What Should We Do?” with Peter Levine

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Event Description: People who want to improve the world must ask the fundamental civic question: “What should we do?” Although their specific challenges and topics are enormously diverse, they often encounter problems of collective action (how to get many individuals to act in concert), of discourse (how to talk and think well about contentious matters) and of exclusion. To get things done, they must form or join and sustain functional groups, and through them, develop skills and virtues that help…

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