Steven Nadler
October 26, 2016
Elliott Sober
October 29, 2015

Sarah Paul
October 22, 2014
Larry Shapiro
March 12, 2014

On Marriage Equality - Russ Shafer-Landau
Russ Shafer-Landau
November 7, 2013

Claudia Card
April 22, 2013

Harry Brighouse
October 17, 2012

Dan Hausman
February 22, 2012

"Genocide and Social Death"
Claudia Card, April 22nd, 2013

The third lecture in the series was given by Emma Goldman Professor of Philosophy Claudia Card. The event was open to the public, as well as the UW-Madison community. Claudia's talk was entitled "Genocide and Social Death," and was delivered on April 22nd, 2013, at 7p.m., in 1100 Grainger Hall on campus. Here is a brief summary of the talk: 

Samantha Power subtitled her book, "A Problem from Hell,” “The Age of Genocide." Yet genocide has received relatively little sustained attention from philosophers in the U.S., compared to work by scholars in sociology, psychology, political science, law, and literature. My talk will explore a number of questions regarding genocide where philosophical thinking can be helpful, such as: what distinguishes genocide from non-genocidal mass murders? is genocide the worst evil imaginable? what kinds of groups are possible targets of genocide? must genocide be massively homicidal? what underlies the sense that genocide is necessarily an evil? and others. My hypothesis is that the idea of social death is helpful for making headway with these questions. In developing this hypothesis, I will present and draw on my theory of evil, which I call “the atrocity paradigm,” because atrocities are my paradigms of evils.

To watch Dr. Card's talk, click here.