2015 Marting Humanities Lecture
Friday, April 10, 4:00 p.m.
Strosacker Hall, Sandstone III
Dr. Claudia Card, Emma Goldman Professor at the University of Wisconsin
“Genocide and Social Death.”
Samantha Power subtitled her book A Problem from Hell “The Age of Genocide." Yet genocide has received relatively little sustained attention from philosophers in the U.S., compared to work by scholars in sociology, psychology, political science, law, and literature. This Lecture will identify and explore some questions regarding genocide where philosophers can be helpful, such as: What distinguishes genocide from non-genocidal mass murders? Is genocide the worst evil imaginable? What kinds of groups are possible targets of genocide? Must genocide be massively homicidal? What underlies the sense that genocide is necessarily an evil? Dr. Card’s hypothesis is that the idea of social death is helpful for making headway with these questions. In developing this hypothesis, she will present and draw on her theory of evil, which she calls “the atrocity paradigm.” Free and open to the public.
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