"News Judgment vs. Opinion: Do I Have an Agenda When I Write About Global Warming?"
6:00pm Thursday, November 21st
2452 Knauss Hall
Kenneth Chang- New York Times science reporter
This event is part of the WMU University Center for the Humanities' Changing Climate series.
Kenneth Chang has been a science reporter at The New York Times since 2000. He was once a graduate student in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before switching careers to writing about science instead of doing science. After obtaining a science writing degree from University of California, Santa Cruz, he has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. and ABCNEWS.com.
There are two enduring, and contradictory, criticisms of how mainstream media like The New York Times approach hot button issues like climate change. One is that the articles are thinly veiled polemics pushing preordained political views. The other is that reporters offer up mindless “balance” – giving opposing sides equal time and space even if one side is obviously more correct.
The actual goals of what can be conveyed in the space of a newspaper article -- usually a few hundred words -- are narrow in scope and ambitious in spirit: an accurate representation of the prevailing science and views.
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"Climbing the Meta-Ethical Mountain"
5:15pm Friday, December 6th
2020 Fetzer Center
Peter Railton- University of Michigan- Philosophy
Derek Parfit’s On What Matters (2 vols. Oxford, 2011) is a watershed event in moral theory, which has already produced extensive commentary. In On What Matters, Parfit presents a picture of Kantian and Utilitarian normative ethics as, in the end, much closer than traditionally has been thought—each approach is, he writes, climbing the same mountain, approaching a common summit by scaling different sides. He also presents a defense of a Rational Intuitionist approach to the foundations of ethics, reviving a tradition dating back at least to Sidgwick in the 19th century.
Railton presents a response to Parfit’s criticisms, and suggests that, on foundational matters, Parfit’s image of climbing different sides of the same mountain might also apply. Recently, Parfit has responded to Railton’s suggestion, and Railton will speak to this response.
Peter Railton is the John Stephenson Perrin Professor at the University of Michigan, where he also holds the title of Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in recognition of his outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. Railton is well known for his work in the philosophy of science, as well as his more recent work in ethics and meta-ethics. His areas of recent research include aesthetics, moral psychology, and action theory.
Co-sponsored by WMU Department of Philosophy