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Historical Reconciliation in East Asia: How Optimistic Should We Be?

In a recent episode of BBC Radio 4’s The Public Philosopher, Michael Sandel invites young men and women from China, Japan and South Korea to discuss national guilt and historical reconciliation. The conversation begins with factual questions concerning, for example, the nature of Japan’s past imperial expansion and the sincerity of the Japanese…

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Added by Kei Hiruta on June 4, 2014 at 9:10am — 4 Comments

Thinking about Avril Lavigne’s 'Hello Kitty'

Has anybody watched the latest music video by Avril Lavigne? As some of you would be aware, ‘Hello Kitty’ has been widely accused of racism and cultural appropriation. I’ve followed the controversy with curiosity, not least because it’s a part of philosophers’ job to consider when it’s appropriate to use normative terms to blame someone or something. It’s one thing to say that a singer is tasteless; it’s quite another to say she’s racist and indulges in cultural appropriation. One is an…

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Added by Kei Hiruta on May 3, 2014 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

Summer ethics research opportunities / Funded MA and PhD places at Central European University

Central European University is accepting applications for the following programmes:

 

1) Funded MA and PhD places in Philosophy

 

2) Funded MPA places at the CEU School of Public Policy

 

3) Research courses/workshops for pre- and post-doctoral researchers in ethics and other areas at the CEU Summer…

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Added by Kei Hiruta on January 13, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Call for Applications: Academic Visitor Programme for Trinity Term 2013 (Start Date: 21 April), University of Oxford

The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics hosts scholars and students wishing to engage in research in practical and applied ethics as academic visitors. The Centre is an integral part of the Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University, one of the great centres of academic excellence…

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Added by Kei Hiruta on December 3, 2012 at 7:29am — No Comments

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Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, with Larry Diamond

Larry Diamond's core argument is stark: the defense and advancement of democratic ideals relies on U.S. global leadership. If the U.S. does not reclaim its traditional place as the keystone of democracy, today's authoritarian trend could become a tsunami that could provide an opening for Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and their admirers to turn the 21st century into a dark time of surging authoritarianism.

Global Ethics Weekly: Foreign Policy & the 2020 Democratic Candidates, with Nikolas Gvosdev

Will Joe Biden's "restorationist" foreign policy resonate with voters? What would a "progressive" approach to international relations look like for Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders? What role will foreign policy play in the 2020 Election? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at these questions and more as he and host Alex Woodson discuss a crowded 2020 Democratic primary field.

The Crack-Up: A Hundred Years of Student Protests in China, with Jeffrey Wasserstrom

In the latest "Crack-Up" podcast, China expert Jeffrey Wasserstrom discusses the rich history of Chinese student protests. From the May Fourth movement in 1919 to Tiananmen Square in 1989 to today's mass demonstrations in Hong Kong, what are the threads that tie these moments together? Don't miss this fascinating talk, which also touches on Woodrow Wilson, the Russian Revolution, and a young Mao Zedong.

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