Annual Lippin Lectureship in Ethics - How should we distribute educational goods?': some thoughts about theory and practice
Apr 21, 2016
from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
|Where||Garden Room, 111 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA 16802|
|Contact Name||Carolyn Umbricht|
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The 2016 Lippin Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Harry Brighouse (Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison). Educational decision-makers have three challenges. They need to understand what values should guide them, what political constraints they face, and how best to advance the right values within those constraints. I’ll explain why the most urgent value in our circumstances is prioritizing the prospects of the less advantaged for acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that will enable them to be independent, economically productive, emotionally healthy, competent citizens who can treat others as equals. I’ll illustrate how this value matters in practice by looking at some aspects of the debate about charter schools.
About the Speaker
Harry Brighouse is Professor of Philosophy, Dickson Bascom Professor of the Humanities, and Director of the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches political philosophy, applied ethics, and philosophy of education. His research focusses on moral questions about the relationships between adults and children, and ethical questions concerning educational policy and practice. His recent books include (with Adam Swift) Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships (Princeton University Press, 2014) and (with Michael McPherson) The Aims of Higher Education: Problems of Morality and Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
This event is part of the Lippin Lectureship in Ethics.