Wed 1.07.15 | What's the Good Life?

Thomas Hurka, The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Mattters Oxford U. Press, 2010

 

 

 

 

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Many philosophers over the years and centuries have urged us to live a good life. But they've often disagreed about what a good life consists of. Thomas Hurka maintains that there are four intrinsic "goods": pleasure, knowledge, achievement, and virtue. He discusses each, bringing in the ideas of Nietzsche, Marx, and others. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 1.06.15 | The Radical Imagination

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According to Alex Khasnabish, we're in the midst of a double crisis, one hammering the general population and the other affecting the work of radical activists. Khasnabish believes that the radical imagination, a collective process that animates social movements, must be nurtured and prioritized. He counterposes the radical imagination to capitalist imaginaries that are foisted on people desperately seeking economic security.

Mon 1.05.15 | A Look Back

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Highlights from the past year, including Ted Brown on socialism's development; Adam Kotsko on Giorgio Agamben's understanding of state power; Sarah Nilsen on TV portrayals of race relations; Gilbert Achcar on what's often called the Arab Spring; and Max Haiven on the logic and impact of financialization.

Wed 12.31.14 | Not Just War

Gentry and Eckert, eds., The Future of Just War: New Critical Essays U. of Georgia Press, 2014

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What happens to the morality of conducting war when the US can kill enemy soldiers without putting the lives of its own personnel in jeopardy? Sebastian Kaempf asserts that  the trend toward increasingly one-sided, technology-driven, "risk-free" US warfare makes the killing of enemy forces impossible to justify in moral terms even under the established, widely accepted Just War tradition. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 12.30.14 | Incarceration and Beyond

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In this look back at four conversations about incarceration and penal policies in the US, Emily Baxter confronts the distinction often made between criminal and "clean"; David Harding describes the challenges faced by people just released from prison; Hadar Aviram examines the impact of cost-cutting discourses on this nation's penal landscape; and Liat Ben-Moshe calls for an expanded definition of incarceration.

Mon 12.29.14 | Reclus's Radical Vision

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Elisée Reclus was a social geographer and anarchist who, according to John Clark, introduced a strongly ecological dimension to anarchist thinking. Clark describes the various forms of domination that the French thinker observed and detested, and discusses the process of historical investigation that Reclus believed was essential to forging societies that functioned in harmony with each other and with the earth. (Encore presentation.)

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