Philosophy Walk: “Justice as Fairness: Exploring & Applying the Ideas of Rawls”

In this walk we’ll be exploring the the idea of justice through the lens of equity and fairness — two critical features of the late John Rawls’ theory of justice. While a summary of Rawls’ views, including the dynamics of his arguments and its implications will be discussed at the outset, the bulk of this walk will be spent exploring, working out, expanding upon, and applying Rawls’ views in a “hands-on” way to past and contemporary issues. Learn more and RSVP here!

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Philosophy Workshop: “Justice as Fairness: An Introduction to Rawls”

In this outdoor workshop we’ll be exploring the idea of justice as fairness — a position advanced by the late philosopher John Rawls.  The workshop will be introductory and will discuss justice through the lens of equity and fairness — two critical features of Rawls’ theory of justice — and the dynamics of Rawls’ arguments and their implications.  Competing perspectives and modern day comparisons on justice will also be explored, as will discussion about the intellectual climate within which Rawls’ contributions to philosophy arose. Learn more and RSVP for this workshop here!

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Measure of the Hunt: Elk Deserve Better

Elk are elk and their worth does not rely on us, though it is influenced by our ability to identify and communicate that value. If we truly love and appreciate elk, it’s time for hunters to reclaim the ethical highroad of fair chase hunting that honors elk for what they are and demands the hunter to be the very best he or she can be. In this article, 2019 Merlin Community Scholar Fellow Thomas Baumeister, discusses two different “measures” of hunting, how fairness and respect are part and parcel of reverence, and why reinstating the ethical pursuit of the hunted as a measure is important.

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