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October 2021

“Ethical and Social Issues in Frontotemporal Dementia” with Dr. Veljko Dubljevic

October 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Carolina Seminar on Philosophy, Ethics, and Mental Health "Ethical and Social Issues in Frontotemporal Dementia" with Dr. Veljko Dubljevic   Event Description: Behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia is characterized by an absence of obvious cognitive impairment and presence of symptoms such as disinhibition, social inappropriateness, personality changes, hyper-sexuality, and hyper-orality. Affected individuals do not feel concerned enough about their actions to be deterred from violating social norms, and their antisocial behaviours are most likely caused by the neurodegenerative processes in the…

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PPE Speaker Series: “Upside Down: Reflections on Conspiracy Theories” with Dan Ariely

October 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Registration for this Zoom event is required. REGISTER HERE. EVENT DESCRIPTION: In this talk, Dan Ariely will describe some of his experiences helping the Israeli government during the COVID-19 crisis. He will focus specifically on issues concerning conspiracy theories, his firsthand experiences with them, and what he has learned during this process. Dan Ariely is James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Ariely does research in behavioral economics on the irrational ways people behave, described in plain language. His…

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PPE Speaker Series: “Values, Ventilators and Vaccines: Lessons from the Pandemic” with Julian Savulescu

October 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

“We are just following the science” has been a frequent justification for policy by politicians in the pandemic. There has been a steadfast refusal to explicitly address the ethical values relevant to policy making, with the veneer that these are objective and scientific. Science has been vital to the pandemic, but so have ethical values: the value of life and balance of freedom/liberty and health/wellbeing. In the allocation of limited resources, such as ventilators and vaccines, all lives have been…

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Speaker Series: “The Aim of Revenge: a Nietzschean Analysis” with Bernard Reginster (Brown)

October 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  "The Aim of Revenge: a Nietzschean Analysis"   Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 960 1762 9368 Passcode: 186995 Abstract:  Nietzsche makes a number of puzzling claims about revenge: the invention of Christian morality is an act of revenge; the refusal to retaliate for an injury, expressions of gratitude, and even acts of benevolence can be forms of revenge; and revenge can be taken against life, or reality, or even time. These claims call attention to a basic question: what…

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November 2021

Parr Center Presents: Ian Leahy

November 2, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

“Tree Equity: Overcoming a Legacy of Environmental Injustice in Cities” As the climate heats, trees in cities are rapidly transitioning from background aesthetics to life-saving infrastructure. Yet a map of tree cover in any US city is too often a map of wealth. These landscapes, created by a legacy of discrimination and disinvestment generations in the making, lay bare an ethical crisis at the core of our relationship with nature itself. This lecture will introduce the data underlying this pattern…

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Carolina Seminar on Philosophy, Ethics and Mental Health: “Exploring Non-Voluntary ECT: Ethical Considerations” with Professor Ana Iltis (Wake Forest)

November 3, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  "Exploring Non-Voluntary ECT: Ethical Considerations"   Zoom Link: Contact for Zoom link Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is heavily regulated across the United States. Laws and regulations pertaining to ECT for patients who lack decision making capacity vary significantly, with many jurisdictions imposing restrictions on ECT for incapacitated patients. Limiting access to an effective medical treatment based on decisional incapacity raises important ethical questions, several of which will be explored in this session. More Information

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PPE Speaker Series: “The FBI’s Fight Against Foreign Corruption” with Jeff Coleman

November 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

On June 3, 2021, the White House issued a National Security Study Memorandum establishing the fight against corruption as a core United States national security interest.  The presentation will offer an overview of the FBI’s International Corruption Unit, the laws it enforces, and the partnerships it has forged to address this interest.  The presentation will then offer a case study of global efforts to investigate billions of dollars misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a Malaysian sovereign development fund, and…

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Educational Ethics in Pandemic Times

November 13, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Morehead Planetarium, 250 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
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Morehead Planetarium, the Department of Philosophy, and the Parr Center for Ethics are pleased to invite K-12 educators to participate in the inaugural session of “Educational Ethics in Pandemic Times.” This event will provide an unprecedented opportunity for educators to reflect on ethical tensions and dilemmas that arise in the context of their professional practice, especially issues related to science education and the ongoing pandemic. Participants will be equipped with a conceptual toolkit that will enable them to effectively think…

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PPE Speaker Series: “Don’t Block the Exits” with Brandon Warmke

November 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

PPE Speaker Series EVENT DESCRIPTION: In contemporary political discussions, it is depressingly common to see people criticized for expressing impure beliefs. Moreover, those who sometimes defect from their tribe are criticized for failing to be firmly enough on the side of the angels. I consider explanations for this behavior, including its relationship to moral grandstanding. I will also argue, on both moral and epistemic grounds, in favor of a norm against “blocking the exits.” We should not use social pressure…

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December 2021

Philosophy @ the Movies

December 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

If you want a break from writing or studying on reading day, please join us for a classic Disney remake at the next installment of Philosophy at the Movies this Thursday, December 2nd at 6:00 PM in CW 105! We will be watching the 2017 live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, which (according to Rotten Tomatoes) “offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material.” And most importantly, there will be pizza!

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