Category Archives: 2004

Why Didn't Nietzsche Get His Act Together?

Elijah Millgram
E.E. Ericksen Professor of Philosophy
University of Utah
October 22nd, 2004, 4:00 to 5:30 pm
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Grants for OU undergrads presenting at 2004 meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
2004 February 26th, 12:00 to February 29th, 12:00 pm
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Ohio University Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics is providing a limited number of grants to cover travel, registration, and board expenses of Ohio University undergraduates presenting papers at the 2004 meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in Cincinnati.

Registration materials, submission guidelines, and descriptions of the undergraduate program are available at www.indiana.edu/~appe/callforpapers.html.

To receive a grant, a student must be enrolled in an Ohio University campus in the Winter 2004 quarter and must have a paper accepted for presentation at the 2004 APPE meeting.

To apply for a travel grant, just forward to ethics@ohio.edu confirmation of acceptance of your paper with a message expressing interest in the undergraduate APPE travel grant program.

A copy of the APPE conference announcement follows:

Undergraduate paper competition This year at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (February 26-28, 2004) a special session will be held for the presentation of undergraduate papers. Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers on any topic in practical and professional ethics. The papers will be reviewed and the authors of the best papers will be invited to present their papers during a special concurrent session of the Annual Meeting. To submit a paper, students are asked to follow the guidelines for all paper submissions for the Annual Meeting but the deadline for papers will be October 30. Be sure to indicate on the Submission and Registration Form that you are submitting a paper for the undergraduate program. (Note the undergraduate option does not appear on the call for papers registration form, but does appear on the registration form which can be found on the website.) The Annual Meeting registration fee will be waived for those students whose papers have been accepted. Registration information can be found on the Associations web site at http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/


Legal Reasoning and the Ethics of Statistics

James Dreier, Brown University
January 15th, 2004, 8:00 to 9:30 pm
Bentley 233

james_dreierIn legal reasoning, and especially when judges and juries reason their way to verdicts, we long for absolutely certain, deductive proofs. But the world does not, by and large, cooperate with our ideals, and legal reasoning like almost all practical reasoning involves and often turns on claims and inferences about which we can have only partial, uncertain confidence: probable reasoning, that is to say. Sometimes reasons for thinking a defendant guilty are merely probable in a special way: they are statistical reasons, and the reasoning that judges and juries engage is statistical reasoning. Intuitively there seems to be something wrong with “merely statistical reasoning” when it results in a verdict, especially when it results in a verdict against a defendant. I survey some examples and some accounts of what is wrong with “mere statistical reasoning” in the law. Analysis of the examples and accounts should, I argue, leave us puzzled. I conclude with a radical suggestion.

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What is Moral Realism?

James Dreier, Brown University

January 16th, 2004, 4:00 to 5:00 pm

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james_dreierSeminar for OU faculty, staff, and students


Grants for OU grads participating in 2004 grad seminar on Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
2004 February 26th, 12:00 to February 29th, 12:00 pm
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Ohio University Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics is providing a limited number of grants to cover travel, and board expenses of Ohio University graduates participating in the graduate seminar on Teaching Practical and Professional Ethics, to be held at the 2004 meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in Cincinnati.

Seminar details and sign-up procedure are available at www.indiana.edu/~appe/callforpapers.html.

To receive a grant, a student must be enrolled in an Ohio University campus in the Winter 2004 quarter and must successfully register for the seminar.

To apply for a travel grant, forward to ethics@ohio.edu confirmation of registration in the seminar and a message describing your interest in the graduate APPE travel grant program.

Funding is limited. Grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

A copy of the APPE seminar announcement follows:

Graduate Seminar on teaching Practical and Professional Ethics

If you are a graduate student assistant or other graduate student who would profit from a short course in teaching ethics please consider the special short course being offered during the Annual Meeting. The course will be for students across disciplines and will include some advance reading. See details below:

Graduate Seminar on teaching Practical and Professional Ethics

A special four hour seminar on the teaching of ethics open to graduate students in all disciplines will be offered during the Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 26. The seminar will be taught by Martin Benjamin, Philosophy, Michigan State University and Richard Momeyer, Miami University of Ohio. The seminar will focus on the problems, pitfalls and resources for teaching practical and professional ethics. Enrollment will be limited and on a first come basis. Participants need not register for the Annual Meeting to attend. There will be a $25 registration fee for the seminar. Registration information can be found on the Association’s web site at http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/


Travel to Bioethics Conference

Travel to Bioethics Conference
2004 March 19th, 7:15 am to March 20th, 7:00 pm
University of Michigan

um_web_posterThe Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics offers five current Ohio University undergraduates an opportunity to attend the Seventh Annual Bioethics conference, at the University of Michigan, for free. All OU undergrads are eligible.

Selected students will receive free registration and hotel, as well as a seat in a chartered Athens-Ann Arbor-Athens flight. Students will be required to submit a report upon returning to OU. Other conditions may apply.

To apply for this opportunity, send a letter of application to ethics@ohio.edu, stating your name, major (if decided), class, and a description of how participating in the conference will contribute to your studies. Five students will be selected by lottery from those submitting qualifying applications. Submission deadline: 2004 Feb 6 at 5 p.m.

For more information on the conference, please visit www.umich.edu/~selss/conference.htm.


Emissions Markets: Rescuing Environmental Law from a Crisis of Legitimacy

Douglas A. McWilliams
Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey L.L.P.
April 21st, 2004, 8:00 to 9:00 pm
Bentley 227

McWilliams_Douglas1Controlling air pollution in the 21st century increasingly involves markets where companies trade freely in limited rights to pollute. Properly established emissions markets help environmental professionals translate environmental improvement innovations into cost savings and profit. By contrast, many existing laws offer no incentives for doing more than what is required, and some actually discourage companies from innovating or implementing incremental environmental improvements. Further, companies experience significant environmental compliance costs in areas where environmental improvements are difficult to quantify. As a result, environmental laws face a growing crisis of legitimacy in America. Emissions markets help reverse this trend by allowing companies greater latitude in deciding how to achieve targeted emission reductions in a way that is most compatible with their business goals.


Business Ethics Fortnight

2004 April 22nd, 12:00 to April 24th, 12:00 am
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

2004-comp-bannerThe IAPE is cosponsoring Ohio University’s representatives to the 2004 Business Ethics Fortnight at Loyola Marymount University. See www.ethicsandbusiness.org/fortnight.htm for details.

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Computer Assisted

Jon Dorbolo
Oregon State University
May 3rd, 2004, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Stocker 192

Free, public seminar

dorbolo_wagInformation technology and the internet create new methods and opportunities for academic cheating. This seminar will investigate modes of computer assisted cheating, methods of detection, and methods of prevention.

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21st Century Plagiarism

Jon Dorbolo
Oregon State University
May 4th, 2004, 8:00 to 9:30 pm
New Lecture Facility 145

dorbolo_wagPlagiarism, presenting other people’s words and ideas as one’s own, plays a dual role in Western culture. For one, hardly anyone ever wants to admit to plagiarism and in some instances there are serious penalties for it. For the other, cases of plagiarism are frequent and the perpetrators often profit from it. With the rise of information technology our concepts of information, communication, and property are changing. Our ideas about plagiarism are changing as a result. This presentation will focus on the nature of plagiarism; instances of plagiarism in government, academia, science, and journalism; the ethics of plagiarism; and the challenges posed by cultural and technological change.

For more information, see: http://disrupter.org/dorbolo/21st_century_plagiarism.html

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