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Oct. 18-19: Tamler Sommers Philosophy Lectures

Two lectures are Department of Philosophy's 2018-2019 Nadine B. Andreas Lectures.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Philosophy Announcement, 10-15-2018

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Philosophy welcomes students, faculty, and other members of the Minnesota State Mankato community to attend our 2018-2019 Nadine B. Andreas Lectures by Tamler Sommers.

Sommers' first lecture, “The Value of Conflict: Revenge and Restorative Justice,” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in Armstrong Hall 101. Abstract for this lecture is below.

Sommers' second lecture, titled “Philosophical Busybodies,” will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 in Morris Hall 103.

Refreshments will be served at both talks. All are welcome!

Author biography: Tamler Sommers is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Houston. His research is in issues relating to honor, free will, moral responsibility, punishment and revenge. His books include “Why Honor Matters” (Basic Books 2018), “A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain” (2nd Edition Routledge 2016) and “Relative Justice” (Princeton 2012).

Lecture: “The Value of Conflict: Revenge and Restorative Justice”

Abstract: Revenge has been the most popular genre of literature, drama, and myth since Homer - and it’s the most popular film genre today. What accounts for this? Avengers express certain core human virtues – virtues like courage, self-respect, loyalty, and even love. In addition, we see value in participants handling conflicts themselves, without third party interference. Revenge has an undeniable dark side, however, and is often difficult to contain. Restorative justice, a new approach to punishment and conflict resolution, allows us to harness what’s good about revenge without suffering its unacceptable costs.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Joshua Preiss at 507-389-5514, or visit the Philosophy Department website.

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