Moral and Political Philosophy

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    Paul Menzel (Pacific Lutheran): “The Subjective Value of Life: What Is It?”

Paul Menzel (Pacific Lutheran): “The Subjective Value of Life: What Is It?”

27 February 2019|

 
Paul Menzel (Pacific Lutheran): “The Subjective Value of Life: What Is It?”
 
One kind of value that a person’s life has is subjective – the value of life to the person whose life it is. This value plays an important role in certain moral philosophies, in health economics and health policy, and in a wide range of normative […]

W E B Du Bois (the Forum for Philosophy)

21 January 2019|

 

W E B Du Bois (the Forum for Philosophy)

W. E. B. Du Bois is usually remembered as a sociologist and civil rights campaigner, and his analysis of race and racism continues to shape the way social scientists think about these issues today. But a genuine polymath, he was also a skilled philosopher and in this event […]

War (the Forum for Philosophy)

15 January 2019|

 

War (the Forum for Philosophy)

War scars human history and continues to mar lives across the globe. Is war part of human nature? Is it ever morally justified? And with the development of advanced weapon technologies, will future wars be more destructive than ever before? We bring together philosophers, a historian, and a cultural evolutionist to discuss […]

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    Glen Weyl (Yale/Microsoft): “Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society”

Glen Weyl (Yale/Microsoft): “Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society”

23 May 2018|

 

Glen Weyl (Yale/Microsoft): “Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society”

Many blame today’s economic inequality, stagnation, and political instability on the free market. The solution is to rein in the market, right? We challenge this thinking— as well as most arguments in favor of and against markets. We offer new, but historically rooted, ways to […]

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    Simon Beard (Cambridge): “Risk, Relevance and the Aggregation of Competing Claims View”

Simon Beard (Cambridge): “Risk, Relevance and the Aggregation of Competing Claims View”

2 May 2018|

 

Simon Beard (Cambridge): “Risk, Relevance and the Aggregation of Competing Claims View”

Alex Voorhoeve has developed his Competing Claims view as a way of mediating between, and quantifying, our pro and anti-segregationist leanings concerning the evaluating of consequences, especially in relation to distributive fairness. Voorhoeve however has declined to consider the implications of this view for how we […]

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    Alex Voorhoeve (LSE): “Pleasure, the Complete Life, and Death” (Inaugural Professorial Lecture)

Alex Voorhoeve (LSE): “Pleasure, the Complete Life, and Death” (Inaugural Professorial Lecture)

16 February 2018|

 

Alex Voorhoeve (LSE): “Pleasure, the Complete Life, and Death”

The Greek philosopher Epicurus was an early proponent of hedonism – the view that the good life is the pleasurable life. He also argued that “death is nothing to us”. These two claims appear contradictory. For if pleasure is good, it seems to follow that a longer life that […]

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    Mike Otsuka (LSE): “Reciprocity versus Redistribution: The Case of Collective Pensions”

Mike Otsuka (LSE): “Reciprocity versus Redistribution: The Case of Collective Pensions”

10 January 2018|

 

Mike Otsuka (LSE): “Reciprocity versus Redistribution: The Case of Collective Pensions”

Pensions involve transfers from those who are young, healthy, able-bodied, and productive to those who are elderly, infirm, and out of work. Are these justified as redistributive transfers between distinct individuals – from those who are lucky to others who are unlucky – in order to eliminate […]

Alex Voorhoeve (LSE): “Egalitarianism under Ambiguity”

8 November 2017|

 

Alex Voorhoeve (LSE): “Egalitarianism under Ambiguity”

Decision-makers are in an ambiguous situation when they are not in a position to assign precise probabilities to all of the relevant possible outcomes of their actions. Such situations are common – novel medical treatments and policies addressing climate change are two examples. Many people respond to ambiguous situations in a cautious, or […]

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    Jeff McMahan (Oxford): “Might We Benefit Animals by Eating Them?”

Jeff McMahan (Oxford): “Might We Benefit Animals by Eating Them?”

30 May 2017|

 

Jeff McMahan (Oxford): “Might We Benefit Animals by Eating Them?”

Leslie Stephen once wrote that “The pig has a stronger interest than anyone in the demand for bacon. If all the world were Jewish, there would be no pigs at all.” In recent debates about the ethics of eating animals, some have advanced the related claim that if […]

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    Campbell Brown (LSE): “Priority vs. Equality: What’s the Difference?”

Campbell Brown (LSE): “Priority vs. Equality: What’s the Difference?”

21 February 2017|

 
Campbell Brown (LSE): “Priority vs. Equality: What’s the Difference?”

Abstract: Prioritarianism is often considered a preferable alternative to egalitarianism. However, seeing exactly what distinguishes these two views can be difficult. Prioritarianism says it is better to benefit the worse off (other things being equal). Egalitarianism says it is better to reduce inequality (other things being equal). But by […]