Category Philosophy

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The Case for Racial Pluralism

Department of Philosophy
Quayshawn Spencer, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, September 28, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In this talk, Spencer will locate the underlying problem for US race theories as being a metametaphysical commitment to racial monism—the view that there is a single nature and reality for race. (Click heading for full description.)

October 6 SS Forum

The Lottocratic Alternative: Lottery as Method for Selecting Political Representatives

Social Sciences Forum
Alexander Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Pennsylvania
“The Lottocratic Alternative: Lottery as Method for Selecting Political Representatives”
Thursday, October 6, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

It is widely accepted that electoral representative democracy is better than any other alternative lawmaking political arrangement. It is also widely accepted that the only legitimate alternative to electoral representative democracy is some form of direct democracy, but that this would lead to bad policy. Guerrero argues against both of these assumptions, and considers the prospects for another alternative system — one that uses lotteries, not elections, to select political officials — that he claims would be better than electoral representative democracy. (Click heading for full description.)

Ancient Studies Week

Demopolis: Democracy, Legitimacy, and Civic Education

Humanities Forum
Ancient Studies Week
Josiah Ober, Constantine Mitsotakis Professor in the Humanities and Sciences, and Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford University
“Demopolis: Democracy, Legitimacy, and Civic Education”
Wednesday, October 12, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Democracy requires self-government by participatory citizens. But why should citizens govern themselves when populist autocrats are willing to do it for them? In “Demopolis” (City of the People), Josiah Ober will present a thought experiment that shows how citizens can build and preserve democracy by their active participation in government. (Click heading for full description.)