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September 19th, 2014

  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Real Moral Progress: Why Pragmatic Naturalism Requires Moral Realism by William Rottschaefer

    In his recent book, The Ethical Project, Philip Kitcher offers a pragmatic naturalistic metaethical account of moral progress.  Examining ethical practice, Kitcher presents a functional account of it as a social technology for alleviating altruism failures, one exemplified in a phylogeny of moral practice including elimination of chattel slavery and recognition of both women’s rights and gay rights.  He suggests a theory of bio-cultural evolution as an ultimate explanation of this phylogeny and, as proximate mechanisms, social-cultural learning, socially engaged normative guidance and cognitively equipped emotions.  Given these scientifically supported bases, Kitcher argues that pragmatic naturalism offers the best metaethical account of why these changes in moral practice are morally progressive.  Making use of these same scientific bases, I argue that Kitcher’s metaethical account requires the adoption of an objective moral realism, one, nevertheless, that is compatible with his core pragmatism. 

September 17th, 2014

  • Image preview 7:00pm: Women’s Soccer vs. Willamette
    Lewis & Clark Women’s Soccer vs. Willamette at Griswold Stadium at 7:00pm
  • Image preview 12:10pm - 1:10pm: 2014-2015 Global Law Distinguished Visitor Lecture: War and Constitutional Design
    Please join the Global Law Program in welcoming Professor Tom Ginsburg of the University of Chicago. Professor Ginsburg, who is one of the world’s leading experts on comparative constitutional law, will present at 12:10pm on the topic of War and Constitutional Design. Please RSVP to lawevent@lclark.edu by September 15.
  • Image preview 9:00am - 4:00pm: Bill Nye Tickets Available!
    Tickets for An Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy are now available!


    ~ Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm
    ~ One (1) free ticket per L&C ID
    ~ Additional tickets are $35 - cash, check, credit/debit accepted

September 16th, 2014

  • Image preview 4:30pm - 6:00pm: Poster Session: Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Program
    Join 2014 Mellon grant recipients at a poster session on Tuesday, September 16 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Watzek’s atrium. Throughout the summer LC Students worked collaboratively with faculty on myriad grant funded projects. Tuesday, they will present posters on this research.
  • Image preview All Day: 7th Annual Science Without Limits Symposium
    Lewis & Clark is pleased to host two days of lectures and events, including an address by Dr. Francisco Fernandez de Miguel, Professor of Neuroscience at the Instituto de Fisiología Celular-Neurociencias of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, UNAM.
    until September 17

September 15th, 2014