Sixth annual ethics lecture series begins Nov 8

first_imgRice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. ShareCONTACT: Ellen ChangPHONE:(713) 348-6777EMAIL: [email protected] ETHICS LECTURE SERIES BEGINS NOV. 8“Are There Some ThingsMoney Can’t Buy? Markets, Morals, and Civic Life” is the topic of the inaugurallecture on Nov. 8 at Rice University’s sixth annual Ethics, Politics and Societylecture series.Michael Sandel, agovernment professor at Harvard University, will explore the philosophical issueof obtaining items in life that can not be bought with money from 4 to 5:30 McMurtry Auditorium, Anne and Charles Duncan Hall.Sandel is a politicalphilosopher whose recent book “Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of aPublic Philosophy” has prompted much debate about the theory and practice ofAmerican democracy. His book “Liberalism and the Limits of Justice” contains anow-classic critique of academic liberalism. He is a renowned and popularteacher whose undergraduate course “Justice” typically enrolls some 800students. Sandel is currently writing a book on the moral limits of markets.“This year’s series is unusually diverse and interesting,” said DonaldMorrison, professor of philosophy at Rice. “We begin with an eminent Harvardpolitical theorist, Michael Sandel, speaking on a topic that concerns us all,morals and markets.”The second lecture willtake place on Feb. 21 and features Susan Gubar, who will be speaking on “TheHolocaust Is Dying: Why Poetry Matters.” An English professor at the Universityof Indiana and a founder of feminist literary criticism, Gubar is currently theLaurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the Princeton University Center forHuman Values. Gubar is currently working on a book, “Poetry after Auschwitz:Remembering What One Never Knew.” She has received numerous prestigious awards,including the Pushcart Prize. The last lecturer, AxelHonneth, will discuss “The Need for Mutual Recognition: A Plural Concept ofJustice” on April 4. Honneth is a philosophy professor at the University ofFrankfurt and director of the Institute for Social Research. He is the foremostGerman social theorist of his generation and the author of numerous books andarticles, including “The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of SocialConflicts” and “The Fragmented World of the Social: Essays in Social andPolitical Philosophy.”The series is sponsoredby the Scholl Foundation and the dean of the School ofHumanities. AddThislast_img