Upcoming Events    

  1. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 "The Ethics and Politics of E-Cigarettes" Ronald Bayer, Columbia University 301 Marx Hall, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminars
  2. Thursday, April 16, 2015 "What is Family? What are Strangers?" Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker Commentator:  Peter Singer, Princeton University Friend Center Auditorium 101, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm James A. Moffett ’29 Lectures Do you owe more to family that you do to other people? But what is family? If you think about adopting a child, should you think first how it will affect the children you already have? Should you consider equally the welfare of the child you might adopt?

    Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. Her subjects have included John Ashbury, Derek Parfit, Noam Chomsky, and Barack Obama, among others. Her book Strangers Drowning: Grappling with extreme idealism, drastic choices, and the overpowering urge to help will be published by Penguin in the fall of 2015.



  3. Friday, April 17 - Saturday, April 18, 2015 Justice and Injustice in Our Time Jadwin Hall Room A10 UCHV 25th Anniversary
  4. Thursday, April 23 - Friday, April 24, 2015 Wars of Religion: Past and Present: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference April 23: Rockefeller Classroom; April 24: Chancellor Green 105 Co-Sponsored Seminars and Workshops

    This conference aims to interrogate the notion of "wars of religion" as a category within historiography and a concept within political philosophy.

    The expression first appears in historiography at the start of the 18th century, when it is used to refer to the series of civil conflicts that had pitted Catholics against Protestants in many European countries during the 16th and 17th centuries. By extension it is often employed to characterise any civil war whose stakes are as much confessional as political. Two sets of questions are of particular interest to us: (1) What role does religion play in explaining the origin and character of the early-modern civil wars? To what extent can we really distinguish between wars of religion and other forms of civil war? (2) To what extent are we justified in extending this category to other geographical and historical contexts, such as the Sunni-Shiite conflicts of past and present? Does this have explanatory force or does it over-simplify to ideological effect?

    The experience of the European wars played a decisive role in the development of political philosophy from Hobbes onwards. Philosophical reflection on the concept of wars of religion is therefore inseparable from the historiographical questions raised above. To what extent has the specifically religious dimension of civil conflict shaped the philosophical analysis of the modern state? And to what extent should it do so? We hope to facilitate a dialogue between historians of philosophy and normative theorists on these questions.


    Co-sponsored by: Council of the Humanities, European Cultural Studies, the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Princeton Center for the Study of Religion Learn more »
  5. Thursday, April 23, 2015 "Explaining Forgiveness" Miranda Fricker, University of Sheffield 127 Corwin Hall, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Political Philosophy Colloquium
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