Philosophy & Religious Studies

Public Lecture:

Asha Bhandary: The Arrow of Care

    Time:  Monday April 20 , 2015 at 4:00 PM
    Location: Morgan Hall 109

Asha Bhandary is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Iowa.  She specializes in
Political and Social Philosophy, and Feminist Ethics.

The Lecture is sponsored by the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department , the University Theme Committee, the Provost's Office, the Feminist Action Alliance, the Women's Studies Department, and the Women's Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public

Arrow of Care Abbreviated Abstract: Everyone needs to receive care to survive, and many people provide care. Because care arrangements have been obscured by stereotypes about gender and race in many societies, identifying how much care people receive and how much they provide is a significant task of its own. We cannot simply quantify care like money, though, because is provided by people. It is best understood as an arrow that goes from one person towards another person. I call this the “arrow of care,” and it should be used to identify the quantities and intensity of care that individuals provide and receive. After the arrow of care is mapped for a given society, we can then evaluate whether the care arrangements are fair. We should embrace multiculturalism at this stage to permit some diversity in the balancing of care and autonomy. Finally, the arrow of care analysis yields some surprising results. For instance, it reveals the positive value of the traditional Indian practice of arranged marriage as part of a system designed to secure care for everyone.


"Against Fairness"; Dr. Stephen Asma, Columbia College Chicago

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Morgan 109

Dr. Stephen Asma will address an ethical question that is fundamental to the operation of civil society: How “fair” should we be to others? Should we treat everyone fairly (i.e. equally)? Or, should some individuals and groups benefit from our favoritism? His talk will be based on his book “Against Fairness” (2013, The University of Chicago Press).

Dr. Asma is a distinguished scholar and professor of philosophy in the Department of the Humanities, as well as a fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science, and Culture at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author or several books, including “On Monsters” and “Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads.” He regularly writes for “The New York Times” and is a frequent radio and television guest.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the WIU University Theme Committee, the WIU Visiting Lectures Committee, LASGO (Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduate Organization), and the Departments of Biological Sciences, and Philosophy & Religious Studies.

Coming September 17, 2015: The 29th Annual Mary Olive Woods Lecture:
J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Black Church Studies, at Duke Divinity School.  Carter is the author of Race: A Theological Account (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008) and in his current works, he reimagines the identity of Jesus and the politics of his identity in light of the new, global realities of the 21st century.



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