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Obligations Under non-Ideal Circumstances: The Case of Tenure-line Professors

Obligations Under non-Ideal Circumstances: The Case of Tenure-line Professors
15 Devonshire Place, Room 200, Larkin Building
Time: Nov 14th, 4:00 pm End: Nov 14th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Ethics, Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in (OISE/UT), Education, 2000-
Talk by Harry Brighouse, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Centre for Ethics and OISE Social Justice presents Seminar Talk

Obligations Under non-Ideal Circumstances: The Case of Tenure-line Professors

Contrary to popular belief, selective universities do little to serve social mobility, and in fact tend to serve the interests of more affluent families in securing positions for their children in better paid, more interesting, and more secure positions in society. Tenure-line professors are beneficiaries of this process; they have remarkable privileges that few other professionals enjoy, such as high pay and almost unparalleled levels of job security and control over their daily work life. The paper tackles the question of what obligations go along with these privileges: what obligations do professors have to their students, and to other members of society, and how could they better deliver on those obligations?

Harry Brighouse, Department of Philosophy, Department of Education Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Harry Brighouse works on issues in political philosophy, philosophy of education, and educational policy. His recent books include On Education (Routledge 2006), Educational Equality (2010) and (edited with Ingrid Robeyns) Measuring Justice: Primary Goods and Capabilities (Cambridge 2010). His book with Adam Swift, Family Values will be published by Princeton University Press in summer 2014. He teaches 341 Contemporary Moral Issues and 555 Political Philosophy, among other classes. He also co-directs the Spencer Foundation's Initiative on Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice.


This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at 416 946-6288.

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