Shelly Kagan Lecture


The Maguire Ethics Center and the SMU Philosophy Department hosted Yale Scholar Shelly Kagan on Friday, March 1, 2013.  Kagan is the Clark Professor of Philosophy and is considered one of the outstanding moral philosophers of our time, who writes extensively on the nature of human well-being and harm. The lecture, “Why is Death Bad for You?,” opened an animated dialogue on why we regard death as a bad thing for a person to undergo. The event was held at SMU on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 3pm – 5pm. 

An advanced workshop on The Philosophy of Well Being was held Saturday, March 2 in the Hughes-Trigg Forum. Jennifer Hawkins (Duke) discussed “A New Theory of Well-Being (built on a Theory of Ill-Being) from 9:30am – 11:30am. Steven Campbell (Coe College) spoke on “The Goods & Evils of Death” from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Finally Shelly Kagan spoke on “Ill – Being” from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.  

About Shelly Kagan:

Shelly Kagan is Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale. After receiving his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1976, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1982, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois at Chicago before coming to Yale in 1995. He is the author of the textbook Normative Ethics, which systematically reviews alternative positions concerning the basic rules of morality and their possible foundations, and The Limits of Morality, which challenges two of the most widely shared beliefs about the requirements of morality. He is currently at work on The Geometry of Desert.



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