Ethics and Political Philosophy

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March 26, 2011, 1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Session 2: Ethics & Political Philosophy

  • Rogers M. Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania (moderator)
  • Carl Ackerman, educator, Constitution High School
  • William B. Allen, Professor of Political Philosophy, Michigan State University
  • Ann Fisher, executive producer and host, All Sides with Ann Fisher, WOSU
  • Amy Gutmann, President and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Stephanie Jasky, Founder and Director, FedUpUSA
  • Andrew March, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University
  • Dennis Thompson, Professor of Government and Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy, Harvard University
  • John Yoo, Professor, School of Law, University of California – Berkeley

Guiding Questions for Discussion

  • Is it okay for political debate to be intense and combative? What are the risks and benefits? Why, or is it necessary for advocates to recognize opposing viewpoints? Is compromise between two opposing sides the best route to a solution? What can schools’ do to prepare students to be positively engaged in a polarized society
  • Define respect.