Master Teachers in Action:
A Symposium on the Art of Teaching Philosophy and Political Theory

Friday, February 24, 2012
Whig Hall, Princeton University


The aim of the symposium is to foster the teaching of philosophy and political theory, drawing on the expertise of three renowned scholars who are also outstanding teachers.

Each speaker will present a favorite "class," followed by a discussion of what makes the class pedagogically successful. There will also be a final panel discussion addressing the secrets, keys, and importance of great teaching.

Event Program


10:00am - 10:30am
Continental Breakfast Available (Stokes Lounge, Whig Hall)

10:30am - 10:45am
Welcome and Introductory Remarks

10:45am - 12:15pm
"The Ethics of Political Action: Weber and Gandhi"
J. Donald Moon, Wesleyan University

12:15pm - 1:15pm
Buffet Lunch (Stokes Lounge, Whig Hall)

**RSVP required for lunch by Monday, February 20, to Kim Girman, at kgirman@princeton.edu

1:30pm - 3:00pm
"Weakness of the Will, Procrastination, and Principles"
Tamar Scabo Gendler, Yale University

3:00pm - 3:15pm
Break (Stokes Lounge, Whig Hall)

3:15pm - 4:45pm
"The Existence Requirement and the Badness of Death"
Shelly Kagan, Yale University

4:45pm - 5:00pm
Break (Stokes Lounge, Whig Hall)

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Panel Discussion followed by Q & A

6:00pm - 6:30pm
Reception (Stokes Lounge, Whig Hall)