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Due to the current pandemic, there are no scheduled events in the near future. Please check back often for an updated schedule. Also see the Events Archive.

Recent Events

ETHICS CAFE on: Wealth Inequality


Apr 15, 2020 - 7:00 pm-April 15 @ 8:30 pm

NOTE: This event was cancelled due to the pandemic. 7:00-8:30 in The Thomas Center (302 NE 6th Ave) Wrestle with hard questions in a friendly, civil setting. No previous training is necessary. Ethics Cafes is organized by UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere.

ETHICS CAFE on: Reparations


Apr 7, 2020 - 8:00 am-April 7 @ 5:00 pm

NOTE: This event was cancelled due to the pandemic. Wrestle with hard questions in a friendly, civil setting. No previous training is necessary. Ethics Cafes is organized by UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere.

ETHICS CAFE on: Gender Violence


Mar 17, 2020 - 3:00 pm-March 17 @ 4:30 pm

Wrestle with hard questions in a friendly, civil setting. No previous training is necessary. Ethics Cafes is organized by UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere.    

Distributive Justice and Autonomous Vehicles


Feb 21, 2020 - 4:00 pm-February 21 @ 5:00 pm

Dr. Nick Evans (UMass-Lowell) Research into the ethics of autonomous vehicles focuses, almost exclusively, on whether decisions by individual cars conform to, reflect, or promote certain values. Less discussed is whether, or how, autonomous vehicles ought to be developed and deployed from the perspective of distributive justice. Here, I argue that autonomous vehicles—as an object of […]

ETHICS CAFE on: Free Speech on Campus


Feb 4, 2020 - 3:00 pm-February 4 @ 4:30 pm

Wrestle with hard questions in a friendly, civil setting. No previous training is necessary. Ethics Cafes is organized by UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere.

Avoiding the Regress Problem for Moral Uncertainty Principles


November 22, 2019

Michael Bukoski (FSU) People are often uncertain about what they morally ought to do, sometimes because they are uncertain about relevant moral facts or principles….… Moral uncertaintists argue that moral uncertainty of this sort makes a difference to what one morally ought to do; for example, perhaps someone who believes that raising and killing animals for […]

World Philosophy Day


November 21, 2019

The United Nations celebrates the “enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought.” World Philosophy Day 2019 is dedicated to “highlighting the importance of philosophy in different regional contexts — regional contributions to global debates on contemporary challenges that support social transformations — stimulating global collaboration to address major challenges such as migration, […]

Ethics Poster Fair!


November 18, 2019

Students participants in UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere will present posters reflecting their group research and analysis of the ethical dimensions of contemporary public issues. Poster topics will include gender equity, sustainability, food, immigration, race, education reform, and religious pluralism. Come to explore how we can tackle complex issues and learn more about the […]

‘A Coming Out of Ourselves’: Knowing Our Place in Racial Justice


November 14, 2019

Dr. Christopher Lebron (Johns Hopkins) Racial injustice has remained a stubborn feature of American society. One reason for its persistence is that everyday Americans fail to understand…… the problem of racial injustice as a lived experience. In his talk, Dr. Lebron will explore the uses of moral imagination to expand white Americans’ awareness of racial inequality […]

ETHICS CAFES: Talk About What’s On Your Mind


November 7, 2019

Topic: Free College Wrestle with hard questions in a friendly, civil setting. No previous training is necessary. Ethics Cafes is organized by UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere.  

Philosophy in the News

  • Lebron on “Racial Diminishment Syndrome”

    Racism is a kind of social disease — call it Racial Diminishment Syndrome. This disease, like the coronavirus, is hard to detect, highly contagious and often deadly. @ New York Times

  • Bored in the House and in the House Bored

    Boredom hasn't received a lot of philosophical attention — perhaps because it's boring. There's something about it that resists analysis, which isn't surprising, given that boredom suggests a radical absence of anything to talk about. But even the most tedious things can prove on inspection to be complex, multi-layered and... well, interesting. Norwegian philosopher Lars Svendsen explores the intricacies, the joys, and the creative potential of boredom. @ Philosopher's Zone

  • Dancing Through Isolation

    From backyard to TikTok, a philosopher explains why dance can help pandemic-proof your kids. @ The Conversation

  • Why Biometric Tech Is Still Racially Skewed

    Using limited datasets to build facial recognition technologies, with images that don't represent society as a whole, has prompted an ethical debate about their evolution. @ Raconteur

  • Guidelines for Ethical Tracing

    Technologies to rapidly alert people when they have been in contact with someone carrying the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 are part of a strategy to bring the pandemic under control. Currently, at least 47 contact-tracing apps are available globally. ... How are we to assess whether — and to what extent — a contact-tracing app is ethically justifiable? @ Nature

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