Monday, September 13, 2010

Rational Choice and Morality

The BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism has lined up David Schmitz, Kendrick Professor of Philosophy, to lecture on "Humanly Rational Choice, and What It Has To Do With Being Moral" on Sept. 14 at 11 am in Kirby Hall.

Schmitz is also a joint professor of Economics and founding director of the Center for Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona. He is a past president of the American Society for Value Inquiry. He serves on the board of BASIS High School in Tucson and collaborates with the Office for Economic Education at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Science at the University of Arizona. The most recent edition of the Philosophical Gourmet ranked Arizona tied for #1 globally (along with Harvard and New York University) in political philosophy. 

He is also the author of Rational Choice and Moral Agency (Princeton), Elements of Justice (Cambridge), Person, Polis, Planet (Oxford), and co-author of Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility (Cambridge) and A Brief History of Liberty (Blackwell). His essays have been reprinted over four dozen times (including Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, German, and Turkish translations) and his research has taken him to six continents and 27 countries.  Eleven of his former doctoral students all occupy faculty positions.

Registration is required and will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Free boxed lunches will be provided to students following the talk.

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