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Why not tax bodies?


Guest Speaker, Professor Sean Aas (Georgetown) Rich people have more money than they need; poor people less. It is easy to think this is why the state can take money from the rich, and give it to the poor. However, as Cecile Fabre points out, this ‘Robin Hood’ theory of taxation has surprising consequences. Many…
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Workshop: Sanctuary, Well-Being, and the Impact of DACA: Philosophical Perspectives on Sanctuary Cities


Workshop Participants: -Patti Tamara Lenard, Associate Professor of Ethics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa -José Jorge Mendoza, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Lowell -Serena Parekh, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University -Adam Hosein, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University -Matthew Noah Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy,…
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Are Sanctuary Policies Morally Justified?


Public Lecture by Dr. Shelley Wilcox, Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. This talk explores the moral issues associated with local sanctuary policies. I examine three arguments in favor of sanctuary policies—the public safety, civil disobedience, and collective resistance arguments—and I defend the latter. In doing so, I address several important issues that…
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Ethics Bowl at Marist College


On Saturday, November 11, Prof. Ben Yelle will be traveling to Marist College with 10 Northeastern students to compete in the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl, an event occurring under the auspices of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Building on the longstanding involvement of Professor of Management Joanne Gavin in AAPE competitions, the event…
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Re-Envisioning Property


Presented by Peter Lindsey Associate Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Georgia State University In our commonplace understanding of property, the “right to exclude” is seen as its central and defining feature: to own is to exclude. This paper examines the cost, to conceptual and normative clarity, of this understanding. First, I argue that the…
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Prof. Bucar’s Book Event


Harvard Book Store welcomes Northeastern University professor ELIZABETH BUCAR for a discussion of her latest book, Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress.

Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and the Refugee Crisis


Prof. Robert Audi, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at University of Notre Dame If we are patriots, and especially if we are nationalists, we take ourselves to have obligations to our fellow citizens. But if we believe that every person matters, and especially if we believe in some kind of equality of moral status…
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Chanting the Word of God: Cantillation in the World’s Religious Traditions


On May 8, 2017 Northeastern University will host a day-long symposium on cantillation, the ancient practice of chanting sacred scripture, as practiced in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Scholars, practitioners and students from the three faith traditions will come together for sessions that will address theoretical and performance issues that all (or many) have in common….
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Prof. Parekh’s Book Event


Come to Snell Library to hear about Prof. Parekh’s new book Refugees and the Ethics of Forced Displacement. This book is a philosophical analysis of the ethical treatment of refugees and stateless people, a group of people who, though extremely important politically, have been greatly under theorized philosophically. This book reframes this debate and shows…
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Prof. Illingworth’s Reception & Book Signing


Professor Patricia Illingworth and Professor Wendy Parmet, director of NUSL’s Center for Health Policy and Law, are the co-authors of a new book, The Health of Newcomers: Immigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity, published by NYU Press. In The Health of Newcomers, Parmet and Illingworth demonstrate how shortsighted and dangerous it is to…
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