Professor Maria Subtelny Public Lecture: “Rules for Rulers: Political Ethics in Medieval Islam” on November 20th 2014

Dalhousie University, Mackay History Lecture Series, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The 2014 Mackay History Lecture series will feature on November 20th 2014 a public lecture by internationally renowned Professor Maria Subtelny (Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto). The lecture is entitled “Rules for Rulers: Political Ethics in Medieval Islam”. She will be speaking on the history and culture of medieval Iran and Islam. For more information about the lecture, please visit the Mackay History Lecture website. Professor Subtelny received her PhD degree from Harvard University and has been teaching… Read More

Professor Philip Pettit on “Legitimacy and Justice”

University College of London (UCL) Laws: Inaugural Quain Lecture Click here to access the video of the lecture. In the 2012 Inaugural Quain Lecture, philosopher Philip Pettit spoke on the importance of considering the question of legitimacy —  i.e., of just how acceptable the imposing of the social order is — as a distinct from that of justice — i.e., of just how objectionable is the content and form of the legal order itself. He suggests that the distinction between both questions relies on what each one “hangs” on for an acceptable… Read More

Philosophical Matters: The Meaning of “Being at Home” Part 2

I briefly mentioned in a previous written entry on Integrating Horizons that my own private philosophical works have been spent thinking about the meaning of what it is “to be at home”. I was interested in the different ways we currently speak of our sense of being at home, how each affects the normative significance it has in terms of how things matter to me and how this matters to institutions and governments, indeed for thinking not only about major social global issues of the past, the present, and future, but also, perhaps more or less philosophically,… Read More