Category Archives: 2007

The Good, the Bad, and the Profitable: The Complex Interaction Between Morality and the Marketplace

Paul Hurley
Claremont McKenna College
January 11th, 2007, 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Bentley 140

paul_hurley_aIt is a common view that in the marketplace nice people finish last, greed is good, and those who don’t stand out in the single-minded pursuit of profits are invariably stood upon. But economists from Adam Smith to Nobel Prize winners such as Kenneth Arrow and Amartya Sen have argued that markets can function effectively only if most of those participating in them are an in important respect nice people, and the history of corporate America is littered with the carcasses of companies that have apparently been done in by the single-minded pursuit of profits. Clearly, the interactions between morality and the marketplace are complex.

Dr. Hurley will draw upon sources of insight ranging from Immanuel Kant to Salomon Brothers, and from Adam Smith to Warren Buffett, in an effort to shed light upon some of the central features of these complex interactions.

Paul Hurley is a professor of philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California

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What Lurks Beneath the Integrity Objection

Paul Hurley
Claremont McKenna College
January 12th, 2007, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Ellis 113

paul_hurley_bEvery moral theory alienates agents from pursuit of their plans and projects. It might then be thought that alienation arguments against consequentialism, such as those put forward by Bernard Williams, are at most claims that consequentialism suffers from a common problem for many theories to a much greater degree. Yet many philosophers, both consequentialists and their critics, cannot shake the sense that there is a distinctive challenge to consequentialism lurking in Bernard Williams’ formulation of the integrity objection, a challenge distinctive not just in degree but in kind. Williams fuels this suspicion with his claim that his arguments concerning integrity and alienation reveal an incoherence at the core of consequentialism. I will suggest that not just one but two different arguments can be found at work in Williams’ integrity passages, arguments that pose just such distinctive challenges to consequentialism. It is these deeper challenges, I suspect, that account for the stubborn persistence of the integrity/alienation objections to consequentialism. Nor is it at all clear that these challenges, properly understood, can be met.

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Business Ethics in a Global World: China, India, and Beyond

2007 March 8th, 8:00 am to March 10th, 9:00 pm
Markkula Center, Santa Clara, California

The Ohio University Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics is offering grants for travel, per diem, and housing to Santa Clara University’s “Business Ethics in a Global World” in March 2007.

Details on the conference are available at:

The Institute invites applications from any Ohio University faculty member or grad student, but will give preference to faculty/student teams. We anticipate funding for up to three people. Recipients are expected to participate in a public forum on International Business Ethics at Ohio University in April or May of 2007.

To apply, please send a message telling your interest in the conference and providing relevant information about the members of your team.

Application deadline: January 12, 2007.

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Ohio University Lectures in Ethics: Samuel Freeman

Samuel Freeman
University of Pennsylvania
May 3rd, 2007, 8:00 to 9:30 pm
Bentley Hall, 140

“Democracy and the Contractarian Justification of Judicial Review”


Ethics Colloquium: Samuel Freeman

Samuel Freeman
University of Pennsylvania
May 4th, 2007, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Ellis Hall, Room 113