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How Should We Feel About Death?

Ben Bradley, Ph.D., Allan & Anita Sutton Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University 

Johnson Auditorium, Wall Building, Room 116

4:00 p.m.

Ben Bradley, the Allan and Anita Sutton Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University, will discuss several puzzles about death. Is death bad for the one

who dies? How is this possible if we go out of existence when we die? Is it worse to die as an infant or as a young adult? Is it bad for animals and fetuses

to die? Can the dead be harmed? Is there any way to make death less bad for us? Professor Bradley will discuss these and other questions during this

Philosopher’s Corner discussion.

 

The Limits of Moral Reflection

David Killoren, Ph.D., Ethics Fellow at the Jackson Family Center for Ethics & Values

Johnson Auditorium, Wall Building, Room 116

4:00 p.m.

Some moral questions have obvious answers. (For example, there is no serious debate about the wrongness of slavery.) But some moral questions turn

out to be very difficult to resolve. Is this because we simply haven't yet found the answers to these questions? Or is it because some moral questions are

in some sense unresolvable? According to a widely held view, if we think carefully enough and long enough about the hard questions of morality, then we

will finally arrive at a univocal verdict about what to do. David Killoren opposes that view. In this talk, he'll argue that many moral questions cannot

ultimately be resolved, at least not in a fully satisfying way.

 

  

Life on Other Planets:The Philosophical Implications of Astrobiology

Kelly Smith, Ph.D. 

Lackey Chapel

3:30 p.m. 

Astrobiology - the study of life in the universe - is a rapidly growing, interdisciplinary academic field that raises challenging  questions: What exactly are

we looking for when we try to find life in outer space? Can 'life' be clearly defined? What are the  implications for ethics, religion, and our understanding

of humanity if we were to find life on other planets? These and  additional questions will be discussed by Kelly Smith, professor of philosophy and

biological sciences at Clemson University and NASA consultant for astrobiology. 

The Moral Problem with Monogamy Promises

Hallie Liberto, Ph.D.

Edwards Recital Hall

3:30 p.m. 

Hallie Liberto works in moral, political, and social philosophy. She has written extensively about issues of rights and exploitation in the context of market

transactions. Liberto holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut.