Past Events

  • 2015 Dec 08

    Practice Job Talk: Céline Leboeuf

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Emerson 310

    "Embodying Resistance to Oppressions"

    Graduate students and faculty are encouraged to attend this practice job talk by Céline Leboeuf at 4:00 on December 8th in Emerson 310.

  • 2015 Nov 19

    What Sets China Morally and Politically Apart from America?

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Emerson 305

    Ci Jiwei (University of Hong Kong)

    Abstract: Thanks to more than three decades of economic and social reform, China today abounds in de facto “liberties of the moderns.” It therefore seems appropriate to try to shed a particular kind of light on China’s moral and political culture by examining its way of organizing modern liberties in comparison with the American way. Using this common denominator, I will discuss various differences between China and the United States, in terms of the presence or absence of public valorization of freedom, the...

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  • 2015 Nov 13

    Philosophy & Film Series: Breathless

    7:00pm

    Location: 

    Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

    Please join us for a screening of Jean-Luc Godard's groundbreaking film Breathless with an introduction by Professor Sean Kelly. Breathless is one of the films featured in Professor Kelly's course "Existentialism in Literature and Film" and is being shown concurrently as part of the department's Philosophy & Film Series organized by Professor Cheryl Chen.

    For more information on Godard's film, along with two essays by film scholars and critics Dudley Andrew and John Powers, see the...

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  • 2015 Nov 12

    A Realistic Utopia for China, Democratic and Otherwise

    4:30pm

    Location: 

    Austin Hall 308

    Ci Jiwei (University of Hong Kong)

    Abstract: States deserve to be judged, sometimes stringently, in proportion to the power they wield within or beyond their borders, but they should be judged reasonably. The most stringent reasonable standard for such judgment is a realistic utopia appropriate for the state under appraisal. What exactly one should mean by realistic utopia requires careful spelling out and it will be a further task to put together a realistic utopia for a particular state. I will make a preliminary attempt at both tasks with reference...

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  • 2015 Nov 12

    Practice Job Talk: Jeremy Fix

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Tanner Room

    "The House of Goodness"

    Graduate students and faculty are encouraged to attend this practice job talk by Jeremy Fix at 4:00 on November 12th in the Tanner Room

  • 2015 Nov 10

    Democracy in China—Partly in the Light of Tocqueville’s Reflections on America

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS Knafel K354

    Ci Jiwei (University of Hong Kong)

    Abstract: Some may balk at the idea of discussing democracy in China as a matter of reality rather than project or critique. But if we follow Tocqueville and think of democracy as a matter not only of the political system but more importantly also of the general condition of a society, then examining the partial reality of democracy in China, not least the partialness itself, is entirely appropriate and may indeed be illuminating. All the more will this be true if we also follow Tocqueville in treating the great...

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  • 2015 Nov 05

    Modern Democracy as Agnostic Egalitarianism

    5:00pm

    Location: 

    Emerson 210

    Ci Jiwei (University of Hong Kong)

    Abstract:

    Far from merely a regime type, modern democracy is a set of interlocking and partly conflicting values and practices and yet behind all this complexity can be detected a general stance of amazing coherence. I can think of no better name for this stance than agnostic egalitarianism. This egalitarianism is agnostic in that it pleads a conscientious ignorance as to whether people are equal or unequal, in what respects, to what degree, and so on. Despite appearances, this egalitarianism...

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  • 2015 Nov 03

    Must China be Faulted for its Political System?

    5:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South S020

    Ci Jiwei (University of Hong Kong)

    Abstract: One enduring legacy of the Cold War for China is a very common perception, at home and abroad, of its political system as morally inferior and hence in need of fundamental change. At the core of this perception is China’s supposed lack of democracy. This is viewed as an incorrigible deficiency of China’s political system with both domestic and international implications. The Chinese state registers this perception as an injury to its pride as an equal among the world’s political systems and, more...

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  • 2015 Oct 30

    Workshop on Plato's Phaedo

    Fri - Sat, Oct 30 to Oct 31, 9:30am - 5:15pm

    Location: 

    Tsai Auditorium and Emerson 310

    This two-day workshop brings together scholars from over 20 different colleges and universities.

    For a full session schedule please see the attached pdf.

    All sessions are open to the public.

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