Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminars    

Peter Singer, Director

The Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminars are open to all students, faculty, and interested members of the public. Seminars range across a wide variety of topics at the intersections of philosophy, ecology, biology, medicine, and public policy. The seminar series is made possible by a generous grant from the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation.

  1. Wednesday, December 2, 2015 "Personhood, Ethics, and Cognition" Gary Varner, Texas A&M University Bowl 1, Robertson Hall, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminars

    Gary Varner is professor of philosophy at Texas A&M University. He wrote one of the first dissertations on environmental ethics, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and has since published two books and over 50 articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries on topics in environmental ethics and animal ethics. He is currently finishing a long-term project on animals and the moral philosophy of R.M. Hare. The first installment, Personhood, Ethics, and Animal Cognition: Situating Animals in Hare’s Two-Level Utilitarianism, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. A second volume, tentatively titled Sustaining Animals: Envisioning Humane, Sustainable Communities, is in progress.

  2. Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Nicholas Vrousalis, Princeton University 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminars

    Nicholas Vrousalis is assistant professor in political philosophy at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Vrousalis read economics at Cambridge and received his doctorate in political philosophy from Oxford. Vrousalis' main research areas are distributive ethics, Marxism, and the philosophy of social science. His work has appeared in Journal of Ethics, Politics Philosophy and Economics, and Philosophy and Public Affairs. Vrousalis’ most recent monograph, a systematic reconstruction and critique of the political philosophy of G. A. Cohen, was published in September 2015. During his time at Princeton, he will complete a monograph on the conceptual and ethical connections between exploitation and power, tentatively entitled How exploiters dominate.

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