Monday, April 13, 2015

Lecture: Ethics of Biological Weapons Use, April 14, 12:50-130

The IIT Ethics Bowl is sponsoring a speaker event at Perlstein Hall Rm 109 from 12:50-1:30. This speaker event will cover the ethical issues surrounding biological weapons. There will also be food! Please see below for more information on our speaker. Hope to see you all there!


Adam Rouse, Legal Fellow

Adam Rouse, Legal FellowAdam Rouse is the Legal Fellow for the Institute of Science, Law, and Technology at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. During his J.D. program Adam spent time teaching high school students their constitutional rights and responsibilities as a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Fellow. Adam's written works include the intersection of attribution of hostile cyber activities with the law of armed conflict, the use of drones in domestic law enforcement, internet privacy and regulation, and space law and policy. Adam earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Argosy University, a J.D., magna cum laude, from Arizona Summit Law School, and an LL.M. in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

New Books at the CSEP Library


 
We have a large selection of new books at the CSEP Library which are ready to be checked out! See below for the full list.


Cave, Peter


Decety, Jean
 
Fischmann, Tamara and Elisabeth Hildt


Giordano, James


Habermas, J├╝rgen

 

Illes, Judy


MacIntyre, Alasdair


Prinz, Jesse J.


Sternberg, Robert J.

My Brain made me do it
 Eliezer J. Sternberg


Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter


Vincent, Nicole A
 

Nadelhoffer, Thomas A.


Moreno, Jonathan D.


Blank, Robert H.

 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Interdisciplinary Symposium on Intution and Morality, April 30th


Is morality intuitive or intellectual? While many moral philosophers and psychologists have long held that moral decisions and moral character are developed primarily through explicit deliberation, research from psychology and cognitive science now suggests that subconscious intuition plays a central role in our moral lives and experiences. Working at the intersection of empirical and theoretical analysis, Dr. Darcia Narvaez and Dr. Nancy Snow investigate the boundaries, influences, and implications of intuition in moral judgment and decision-making. Both presentations aim to give a deeper understanding of how intuitive processes guide moral agency and development. Refreshments will be served.
 
Come join us on April 30th from 4-6:30 in the MTCC for this event. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Interview with CSEP Director, Dr. Elisabeth Hildt in Lewis College's Magazine

In the latest version of IIT's Lewis College of Human Sciences magazine, Big Picture, CSEP Director Elisabeth Hildt talks a bit about how she became interested in the area of applied ethics, how she is adjusting to life in Chicago, and what drew her to IIT and to the Ethics Center.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Conference: The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain – Perspectives on the Neuro-Turn in the Social Sciences and the Humanities


The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain – Perspectives on the Neuro-Turn in the Social Sciences and the Humanities.

Alte Mensa Building, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany

March 30 – March 31, 2015

 http://tinyurl.com/after-the-decade

It is now almost 25 years since the U.S. Congress authorized the then president, George Bush sr., to proclaim the decade beginning January 1, 1990 as the Decade of the Brain. This proclamation stimulated a number of initiatives that substantially benefitted neuroscience research in the following years. Alongside this rise of neuroscience and the corresponding increase of public awareness, many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have shifted towards more brain based and evolutionary informed approaches. New research fields such as Neuroethics, Neuroeconomics, Cognitive Cultural Studies, Neuroaesthetics or even Neurotheology have gained a following. In addition to surveying the mutual interactions between the cognitive neurosciences and the social sciences and humanities, this interdisciplinary symposium investigates the methodological and conceptual prospects and perils of choosing a neuroscience approach to the social sciences and the humanities. The symposium aims to shed light on a broad range of epistemological, historical and sociological questions about the purported neuro-turn in the social sciences and the humanities. Speakers include among others

Sabine Maasen (TU Munich)

Steve Woolgar and Tanja Schneider (Oxford University)

Paul Hoyningen-Huene (Leibniz University, Hannover)

Scott Vrecko (King’s College London)

Melissa Littlefield (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Participation is free, but places are limited. To participate, please register until March 22nd by sending an e-mail to Jon Leefmann (leefmann[at]uni-mainz.de).

The symposium is part of the project ‘The Neuro-Turn in the European Social Sciences and Humanities’ funded by the German Research Association (DFG).


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

IIT Students: Please Take Our IPRO Survey!



IPRO 308 needs your help!

The IPRO is exploring the nonmedical use of prescription stimulants on the IIT campus and student perceptions of how often and for what purpose these stimulants are used. In order to do this, the IPRO team have created an online survey, and we invite you to take part!

The survey will ask you to examine your attitudes towards nonmedical use of prescription stimulants, motivations behind use, ease of access, as well as your perception of the benefits obtained (or not obtained) from use of various prescription stimulants.

You can access the survey at tinyurl.com/iprostimulants You will need to log into your IIT account at my.iit.edu to access this survey, but your email will not be linked to your responses.

Thanks!!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Should the AIA ban Architects from designing prisons?



In a New York Times article on "Prison Architecture and the Question of Ethics" Architect Raphael Sperry advocates for the ban on certain forms of prison architecture. As stated in the American Institute of Architects' code of ethics and professional conduct, "Members should uphold human rights in all their professional endeavors."

Sperry, who is also the president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, believes that "Architects have an ethical responsibility to uphold human rights." Defending this clause should include the prohibition of architecture that would promote execution and torture, and would bring the profession in line with the same standards as lawyers and medical professionals.