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The role of 'good' in creating a liberal attitude

Oct. 1, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Are a liberal's values a result of what the majority views as "good"?

Using political theorist John Rawls' idea of "the burden of judgment," a Tulane University philosopher will visit Western Michigan University to discuss how the attitudes of a liberal might be conceived as a result of what society deems as honorable, in regards to religion, economics and culture.

The talk by Dr. Bruce Brower, associate professor of philosophy at Tulane, begins the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society Lecture Series Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. His presentation, "Skepticism and the Grounds of Liberty," is set for Room 204 of the Bernhard Center.

Other presentations scheduled in the fall lecture series include:

The Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture, "Never Ending War: Slides and Stories from Inside Iraq," featuring Christopher Allen-Doucet, a specialist on Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7p.m. in Room 2302 of Sangren Hall;

"Moral Exemplars," a talk by Dr. Muriel Bebeau, professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., in Room 210 of the Bernhard Center;

"Inclusion vs. Exclusion: Searching for a New Corporate Ethic in a Post-Enron World," a talk by Dr. Raymond J. Michalowski, professor of philosophy at Northern Arizona University, Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in Room 210 of the Bernhard Center; and

"Current Challenges to the First Amendment: Implications for Academic Freedom," featuring members of the WMU Emeriti Council, Friday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium of the Haworth College of Business.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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