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Rutgers philosophy professor to give 2012 Selzer Keynote Lecture

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

“What Rights May Be Defended By Means of War?” This is the subject of the upcoming Selzer Keynote Lecture, an annual event sponsored by the department of philosophy and religious studies.

This year’s Selzer Visiting Philosopher is Jeff McMahan, who is scheduled to give the lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 22. at 7:30 p.m. in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall.

McMahan is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University and one of the leading active scholars in just war theory. McMahan is also the author of Reagan and the World: Imperial Policy in the New Cold War (1984), The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (2002), Killing in War (2009), and The Ethics of Killing: Self-Defense, War, and Punishment (forthcoming).

"Professor McMahan is perhaps the leading philosophical voice in contemporary just war theory, and we're very excited for his visit to our campus,” said Matt Tedesco, associate professor of philosophy at Beloit.

The annual Selzer Keynote Lecture began two years ago with the goal of bringing to campus a prominent public philosopher whose ideas and arguments are important in shaping contemporary philosophical discourse. The program is possible thanks to the generous gift of an alumnus.

Past Selzer Visiting Philosophers include Martha Nussbaum, who has taught at Harvard, Brown and Oxford Universities, and Daniel Dennett of Tufts University.

“Our hope is through a public lecture and a wide range of class visits to have our students − and particularly philosophy majors and minors − be able to directly engage with these important philosophers,” Tedesco said.

The Selzer Keynote Lecture is free and open to the community.