Ethics in a Time of Turmoil

April 5-6, 2002, Swift Lecture Hall

In the wake of the tragedy of September 11, the Ninth Annual University of Chicago Graduate Students Ethics Conference will be devoted to the role of ethics in a time of turmoil. The conference's theme is intentionally broad in order to encourage a diversity of student presentations. The following is a suggestive list of topics around which panels might be organized: Comparative Ethics, Postmodern Ethics, Reconciliation, Responsibility of Public Intellectuals, Political Ethics, Discourse Ethics, Philosophical Ethics, Just War Theory, Globalization, Ethical Responses to History, Islamic Philosophy, Feminist Ethics, and Environmental Ethics.

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 5

1:00 p.m

"Problems with Buddhist Inclusivism: Analysis of Selected Buddhist Responses to Non-Buddhist Religion" by Kristin Beise, University of Chicago

2:15 p.m.

"Poetry, Pardon, Resentment: Authenticity and Moral Action in the Work of Vladimir Jankélévitch" by Joshua Adams, University of Chicago

3:30 p.m.

"Caputo and Critchley on Levinas" by Andrew Saldino, Syracuse University

Saturday, April 6

10:00 a.m.

"From Cheap Clarity toward Promoting Peace and Justice: Just War Theory and the War in Afghanistan" by Gerald Beyer, Boston College

11:15 a.m.

"Supreme Emergencies and the Jus ad Bellum/Jus in Bello Distinction: The Character of Michael Walzer's 'Agonized' Just War Theory" by Howard B. Rhodes, Princeton University

1:30 p.m.

"The Great Struggle: The Dialectical Movement of Theological Reflection in the Engagement with Evil" by Daniel Kynaston, University of Chicago

2:45 p.m.

"Considerations of the Hidden God and Human Suffering" by Sally Stamper, University of Chicago

This conference is free and open to the public. It will take place in Swift Lecture Hall, third floor, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more information, please contact Liz Bucar at