Rio Conference Room, FF-9th Floor
5 December 2008
Time: 12.30- 2.00 p.m.
The idea that humanity collectively owns the earth was central to the political philosophy of an earlier age, but has fallen by the wayside. However, in light of the many problems of global reach that have been preoccupying us recently, it is worth revitalizing this standpoint. One obvious subject to apply this is the area of immigration.
About the Speaker
Mathias Risse is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Philosophy. He works mostly in social and political philosophy and in ethics. His primary research areas are contemporary political philosophy (in particular questions of international justice, distributive justice, and property) and decision theory (in particular, rationality and fairness in group decision making, an area sometimes called analytical social philosophy.) His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics; Philosophy and Public Affairs; Nous; the Journal of Political Philosophy; and Social Choice and Welfare. Risse studied philosophy, mathematics, and mathematical economics at the University of Bielefeld, the University of Pittsburgh, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Princeton University. He received his BA, BS and MS in mathematics from Bielefeld, and his MA and PhD in philosophy from Princeton. Before coming to Harvard he taught in the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale. He's currently working on a book called The Grounds of Justice: An Inquiry about the State in Global Perspective, under contract with Princeton University Press.
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