CEP sponsors a wide range of events, from conferences and deliberative polls, to multi-disciplinary reading groups and lunchtime ethics talks.
The Center is also home to the annual James LaPaglia Lecture, a distinguished Lecture in applied ethics or political philosophy.
March 28, 2011: The Impossibility of a Satisfactory Population Ethics
September 26, 2011: Decide as You Would with Full Information! An Argument against the Ex Ante Pareto Principle
September 29, 2011: Climate Change and Human Rights: Assessing Some Philosophical Challenges Darrel Moellendorf. 4:30-6:00
In this paper I set out an argument, invoking human rights, in defense of the duties to mitigate and provide adaptation to climate change. I look at five challenges to the human rights argument, three of which have been pressed in the literature on conceptual grounds, and two of which I develop on normative grounds. I present what I think are satisfactory responses to the three conceptual challenges but I argue that the normative challenges are more compelling. The human rights argument does not help us to understand well our duties to future generations to mitigate and provide adaptation for climate change. The problems with the human rights argument suggest that a more promising approach is to understand these duties as matters of intergenerational distributive justice.
October 6, 2011: Rethinking the Threat From Brain Scans in the Courtroom.
Both empirical data and philosophical considerations suggest that brain scans used as evidence in the courtroom may be biasing or misleading. However, recent studies suggest this view is mistaken. In this talk I explain the reasons for the expectation that neuroimages may be misleading, and review the studies that contradict it. I offer an explanation for the totality of the seemingly contradictory evidence, and argue that this has implications for the admissibility of neuroimaging in the courtroom.
Global Connections Global Responsibilities
In the 2009-2010 academic year the CEP and the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon sponsored a university-wide series of courses, symposia, and workshops on “Global Connections, Global Responsibilities.” The program focused on diverse ways in which comparatively affluent members of high-income countries and members of low and middle-income countries are connected and capable of influencing one another. Central themes included climate change, global economic conditions, health, state sovereignty, human rights, the transmission and interaction of various literary and cultural traditions, and what kind of responsibilities and obligations attend these various connections.
Sept 14, 2009: "World Poverty: Explanations and Responsibilities"
October 5, 2009: "Declarations of Dependence: Labor, Personhood, and Welfare in South Africa and Beyond"
November 9, 2009:
Feb 4, 2010: "The Moral and Political Challenges of Climate Change"
March 25-April 10, 2010
March 25, 2010:
April 8, 2010: "Global Health and the Global Economic Crisis"