Everything Is Broken playlist for 05/14/2013
By Jim Lynch on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 8:59pm
Our program tuesday May 14; 1-2:30PM ... will again focus on torture both international and domestic, sanctioned and carried out in our name by government of the United States of America and it’s contracted entities. My guest and I will explore the impact of 13+ years of torture on our culture and moral compass. We will also speak to the same culture condoning increasingly harsh punishment of domestic prisoners.
Our featured guest is John Davenport. John is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York City. He teaches and writes on ethics and political philosophy (including human rights, democratic theory and global governance), moral psychology and agency, existentialism, and philosophy of religion. He regularly teaches courses on theories of rights, environmental problems, and social justice. His recent articles include "Just War, Human Rights, and A Federation of Democracies" (Journal of Religious Ethics, 2011), “A Global Federalist Paper” (Journal of Value Inquiry 42, 2008), and several essays on free will, norms, and autonomy.
John Davenport Associate Professor of Philosophy Fordham University Department of Philosophy Collins Hall 125, Bronx Campus
Interviews: I have appeared on television and radio interviews for a number of topics in the last ten years and I am happy to do interviews or give presentations (schedule permitting) on any of the topics below; if your topic does not appear here, ask me (I have very broad interests). You’ll see that my webpage contains links to a number of powerpoint presentations on related issues.
(2) More generally, I'm interested in global justice, human rights, and theories of democracy. I’m teaching a course on Political Libertarianism and its Critics (looking at the libertarian movement since Ayn Rand and problems with its conception of just governance), and I'm preparing a book-length project on errors in different strands of libertarian (or 'neocon') political argument. I can comment on issues in national politics and I have a webpage on the need for a new constitutional convention to solve basic problems with the way Congress and our elections operate.
(3) I also teach a course American political philosophy from the Federalist Papers to Lincoln, and have several interests relating to Lincoln’s political thought (see my powerpoint on Lincoln, Slavery, and Race on my webpage).
Moral Psychology and Ethics
(2) I also write on free will, moral responsibility, and responsibility for character in particular. In this area, my work crosses into psychological issues related to the formation of identity. I'm currently writing on "narrative unity" theories of selves and identity over time. In analytic philosophy, I’ve done a lot of work on the theories of Harry Frankfurt on will and identity.
(4) I also teach environmental ethics and am doing work on an “endowment model” of justice that emphasizes sustainable use of both cultural and environmental resources. This is the topic of a new course I have planned for spring 2010.
History of Philosophy
Topics in my book on the will and motivation:
• Existential psychotherapy (Maslow, Frankl, Yalom);
AND … storyteller Regi Carpenter is back with us! who knows what she will come up with this time!
Our music from some veteran rockers … The Notting Hillbillies. Mark Knopfler, Guy Fletcher, Steve Phillips, Brendan Croker.