2013-2014

Determining Oneself and Determining One's Self

On April 29th, Thomas Schramme will workshop his paper "Determining Oneself and Determining One's Self."  The paper will be distributed in advance, and we will use the full time for discussion. Professor Schramme is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Hamburg. Please join us in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center for Professor Schramme’s workshop!

Abstract: In this essay, I exploit an ambiguity in the concept of self­-determination. Self­determination can mean to determine oneself in choices and actions or to determine one’s self. The second kind of self-determination leads to our capacity to imagine alternative selves of ourselves, which are to be actualized. This creates the basis for a normative conception of self­determination, i.e. a conception that incorporates the aspect of a right or good way to determine oneself. I defend this normative interpretation of self­-determination, which is illustrated by reference to three theorists: Harry Frankfurt, Thomas Hill Green and John Stuart Mill.

When

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. April 29, 2014

Academic year

2013-2014

Semester

Spring

Professional Development Seminar: Getting Ready for the Job Market

On April 22nd, Connie Rosati will be leading a session, entitled "Getting Ready for the Job Market", as part of the Freedom Center's professional development seminar series.  Please join us in the Kendrick Room of the Freedom Center for Connie's session!

When

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. April 22, 2014

Academic year

2013-2014

Semester

Spring

"Troubles with Phenomenal Intentionality"

On April 3rd, Martina Fürst will be giving a talk, "Troubles with Phenomenal Intentionality", as a special colloquium co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department and the Freedom Center. Martina is Hertha-Firnberg Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Graz. Please join us in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center for Martina’s talk!

When

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. April 3, 2014

Academic year

2013-2014

Semester

Spring

Not So Fast 'Libertarian Paternalism': Arrow, Nash, and Sen on Minimal Liberalism and Collective Choice

On April 17th, S. M. Amadae will be giving a talk, "Not So Fast 'Libertarian Paternalism':  Arrow, Nash, and Sen on Minimal Liberalism and Collective Choice", as part of the Freedom Center Colloquium Series. Professor Amadae is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University. Please join us in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center for Professor Amadae’s talk!

Abstract:  This paper uses the Arrow Impossibility Theorem, Nash Bargaining Solution, and Sen's Paretian Liberal Paradox to investigate liberalism's contemporary arrest between Hobbesian dictatorship, Lockean universalism, and Rawlsian homogeneity.  I suggest that in following classical liberalism's division of labor between perfect and imperfect duties on the one hand, and public and private spheres of action, on the other, it may be possible to use the Nash bargaining solution to resolve a subclass of problems in which a normative and de facto threat point coincide.  In conclusion I ask whether Sunstein and Thaler's "libetrarian paternalism" can cut through the thicket of challenges identified by the Arrow and Sen theorems.

When

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. April 17, 2014

Academic year

2013-2014

Semester

Spring

“Libertarian Paternalism Is Neither Libertarian Nor Paternalistic”

On January 23rd, Bill Glod will be giving a talk, “Libertarian Paternalism Is Neither Libertarian Nor Paternalistic”, as part of the Freedom Center Colloquium Series. Bill is Program Officer of Philosophy at the Institute for Humane Studies. Please join us in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center for Bill’s talk!

When

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Jan. 23, 2014

Academic year

2013-2014

Semester

Spring

"Backing Into Self-Ownership"

On March 27th, John Thrasher will be giving a talk, "Backing Into Self-Ownership", as part of the Freedom Center Colloquium Series. John is a recent graduate of the Philosophy Department's PhD program, and assistant editor for Social Philosophy & Policy. Please join us in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center for John’s talk!

Abstract: Recent work by David Sobel, Peter Railton, and Steven Wall has exposed a serious problem with traditional libertarian accounts of self-ownership and property. Either libertarian self-ownership is so strong that it cannot distinguish between serious and minor violations or it is not strong enough to justify strong libertarian property rights. If it cannot distinguish between the serious and the trivial, all violations from slavery to minor trespassing will be prohibited. These prohibitions will, however, undermine the libertarian's commitment to individual. If the libertarian cares about freedom, this argument goes, they will have to give up on self-ownership. I argue that the libertarian can solve this problem by rejecting a rationalistic "propertarian" commitment to self-ownership and should instead embrace a conventionalist defense of self-ownership. In so doing, the libertarian will be able to defend both self-ownership (albeit in a different form) and freedom.

When

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. March 27, 2014

Academic year

2013-2014

Semester

Spring

"The Rawls-Harsanyi Dispute: A Moral Point of View"

On April 24th, Michael Moehler will be giving a talk, "The Rawls-Harsanyi Dispute: A Moral Point of View", as part of the Freedom Center Colloquium Series. Moehler is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Tech. Please join us in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center for Professor Moehler’s talk!

When

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. April 24, 2014

Academic year

2013-2014

Semester

Spring

"Scepticism and Platonism - Hans Kelsen's Paradoxical Argument for Democracy"

On May 1st, Mats Lundström will be giving a talk, "Scepticism and Platonism - Hans Kelsen's Paradoxical Argument for Democracy", as part of the Freedom Center Colloquium Series. Lundström is Associate Professor of Government at Uppsala University. Please join us in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center for Professor Lundström’s talk!

When

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. May 1, 2014

Academic year

2013-2014

Semester

Spring

On March 13th, Virgil Storr will be giving a talk as part of the Freedom Center Colloquium Series. Virgil is a Research Professor at the Freedom Center, and is a Research Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Please join us in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center for Virgil’s talk!

When

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. March 13, 2014

Academic year

2013-2014

Semester

Spring

"The Law Is Nine-tenths of Possession: An Adage Turned on Its Head"

On February 20th, Carol Rose will be giving a talk, "The Law Is Nine-tenths of Possession: An Adage Turned on Its Head,"  as part of the Freedom Center Colloquium Series. Professor Rose is Lohse Chair in Water and Natural Resources at the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, and Emeritus Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Please join us in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center for Professor Rose’s talk!

When

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Feb. 20, 2014

Academic year

2013-2014

Semester

Spring
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