Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

Professor Klein’s Recent Article on Harry Potter in Reason Papers

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Reason Papers published an article by Shawn Klein entitled “Harry Potter and Humanity: Choices, Love, and Death.” Dr. Klein traces Voldemort’s immorality and inhumanity to his desire to become immortal. Conversely, he shows that Harry Potter’s goodness and humanity come from his acceptance of death.

Read the article [PDF] here.

Related: Dr. Klein’s new sports ethics blog.

The Entrepreneurial Process

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

What makes entrepreneurs tick? Creative knowledge, initiative, trial and error, perseverance, and more. This mini lecture by Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, is part of a new series of short, instructional lectures on entrepreneurship.

The series is produced by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship.

Related:
Professor Alexei Marcoux on Defining Entrepreneurship: Schumpeter, Kirzner, and Knight.

Forthcoming:
Entrepreneurship and Virtue
Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
Managing for Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and International Business

Sports Studies Symposium This Saturday, April 28

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The First Annual Rockford University Sports Symposium will be held this Saturday, April 28 in Grace Roper Lounge in Burpee Center at Rockford University. This event is open to everyone.

Panel #1: 10-11:30 AM

Chairperson:

Shawn E. Klein (Rockford University)

Speakers:

Erin Flynn (Ohio Wesleyan University): “On the Suárez Handball”

Tatiana Patrone (Ithaca College): “On What Running Could Be”

Christopher Johnson (University of Alberta): “Virtuous Victory”

Panel #2: 12:30-2 PM

Chairperson:

Michael Perry (Rockford University)

Speakers:

Christine Neejer (Michigan State University): “Mary Sargent Hopkins, Bicycling, and the Rhetoric of Expertise”

Christopher Garland (University of Florida): “With God on the Sideline: Religious Rhetoric in Tebowmania and the Penn State Scandal”

Jo Ann Oravec (University of Wisconsin at Whitewater): “Blogging in the Backfield: Social Media in Sport Contexts”

Click here to view a PDF of the flier.

More details at Rockford University’s blog at the Rockford Register Star.

Contact sklein[at]rockford.edu or mperry[at]rockford.edu for more information.

Profiles in Liberty: Douglas Den Uyl

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

In this extended interview, philosopher Douglas Den Uyl responds to a series of questions about his life and work. Den Uyl is the author of many works. His latest book, co-authored with Douglas Rasmussen, is Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics.

Watch the video at Stephen Hicks’s site.

Previous Profiles in Liberty:
Philosopher Douglas Rasmussen.
Economist David R. Henderson.
Philosopher Tibor Machan.

Spring 2012 Guest Speaker Tara Smith

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship welcomes Professor Tara Smith to Rockford University on Tuesday, April 17. Dr. Smith will talk on themes related to her essay Money Can Buy Happiness.

Professor Smith received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

She is the author of several books in moral and political philosophy, including Moral Rights and Political Freedom, Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality, and Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist.

The talk will be at 11:00 am in the Starr Science Auditorium (STARR 102) on the Rockford University campus.

Profiles in Liberty: Tibor R. Machan

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Tibor Machan is professor of philosophy at Chapman University in California. He was born in Communist Hungary, smuggled out as a teenager, and came to the United States, where he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A prolific writer, he has published over forty books and scores of essays. A recent collection of scholarly essays on Machan’s work, Reality, Reason, and Rights: Essays in Honor of Tibor R. Machan, edited by Douglas B. Rasmussen, Aeon J. Skoble, and Douglas J. Den Uyl, was published in 2011.

Watch the video at Stephen Hicks’s site.

Previous Profiles in Liberty:
Philosopher Douglas Rasmussen.
Economist David R. Henderson.

Profiles in Liberty: David R. Henderson

Friday, February 17th, 2012

David R. Henderson is associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and research fellow with the Hoover Institution. He has written for the New York TimesFortune, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Reason, as well as scholarly articles for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Monetary EconomicsCato JournalEnergy Journal, and many others.

Watch the interview at Stephen Hicks’s site.

Related:
David Henderson’s web log at Econlog.
Stephen Hicks talks with David Henderson about seven myths about free markets.

February 2012 Issue of Kaizen

Monday, February 13th, 2012

In our latest issue of Kaizen we feature an interview with Jay Lapeyre, President and CEO of Laitram, LLC, a diversified global manufacturer of industrial equipment.

Also featured in Kaizen are: student essay contest winners Amina Seitahunova, Amanda Nicosia, and Danielle Taylor; the Fall 2011 Reading Group; enterprising student Vince Chiarelli; and guest speakers Phyllis Johnson, a Rockford-based entrepreneur, and Alexei Marcoux, professor of Business Ethics at Loyola Chicago.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Mr. Lapeyre.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at] Rockford.edu.

Profiles in Liberty: Douglas B. Rasmussen

Friday, January 20th, 2012

In an extended interview, philosopher Douglas B. Rasmussen responds to a series of questions about his life and work.

Dr. Rasmussen is a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University in New York. In addition to the books discussed in the interview, he is the author of articles in American Philosophical Quarterly, The Review of Metaphysics, International Philosophical Quarterly, and many scholarly anthologies.

Watch the interview at Dr. Stephen Hicks’s site.

Related: Stephen Hicks interviews Douglas Rasmussen about Philippa Foot’s Natural Goodness.

Professor Stephen Hicks Visits Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, was invited last month to the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala to give a series of lectures on business ethics and political economy. Here is a Spanish-language interview in Siglo 21, in which Dr. Hicks discusses business ethics and entrepreneurship. Below is a video interview with Dr. Hicks conducted by Luis Figueroa on corporate social responsibility: