Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Series: Liu Xiaobo

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Series: Liu Xiaobo In this Nobel Peace Laureates Series, we have a short documentary on Liu Xiaobo’s struggles for fundamental human rights in contemporary China. Liu Xiaobo was a prominent and influential leader in the 1989 student revolt and protests in Beijing Tiananmen square, demonstrations that were directed “against political abuses of power and corruption” in the Communist party of China. The Communist government in response accused the protesters and demonstrators of planning conspiracies against the state. The protest’s leadership, Liu Xiaobo and two other leaders, subsequently formed… Read More

Philosophical Matters: The Meaning of “Being at Home”

Philosophical Matters: The Meaning of “Being at Home” A large part of my own work has been trying to define the philosophical meaning of what it is “to be at home”. I have been particularly interested in the way we often speak today of our sense of being at home, how it affects what normative significance it has in terms of how things matter for me and how this matters to institutions and governments, indeed for thinking about the major social global issues which we face at the moment, and more philosophically, how… Read More

Dr. Martha Nussbaum, “What Is Anger, and Why Should We Care?”

Dr. Martha Nussbaum, “What Is Anger, and Why Should We Care?”University of Chicago, Faculty of Law At the University of Chicago’s 2014 Distinguished Speakers Series, Dr. Martha Nussbaum presented a short philosophical paper on the emotion of anger and its normative value in contemporary democratic society. She argued that while anger is often thought of as a prerequisite for caring for what is just, the notion of anger is in itself however inconsistent and normatively flawed for a democratic society based on the rule of law and transformational justice. More Click here… Read More

Professor Kwame Antony Appiah on Philosophy

Professor Kwame Antony Appiah on PhilosophyPhilosopher at Princeton University. In an online interview with Big Think, an organization that put big ideas into action, Professor Kwame Antony Appiah said that his philosophy is that “everything is much more complicated than [we] first thought”. Professor Appiah notes that our lives are inextricably complicated, and that while we need “guides” or “pictures” “to make our way through “reality” and “morality”, none of them are however ever “completely right”. It is not that they are true or false but “more or less adequate of what they… Read More

Dr. Amartya Sen on Constitutional Interpretation, Language and Human Rights

Dr. Amartya Sen on Constitutional Interpretation, Language and Human Rights Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecture in Constitutional Law At the 2011 Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecture in Constitutional Law, Professor Amartya Sen presented a short paper on the philosophy of language and the evolution of interpreting constitutional and human rights provisions over time. Professor Sen argued that the act of constitutional interpretation itself must confront the particular philosophical language problems of interpreting the collection of words of which a constitution is explicitly constitutive, thus casting doubts over the Originalism of Robert Bork and the… Read More