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Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Speakers


Peter Jaworski 

"How much for that Kidney in the Window?"

February 13 | 6pm - 7pm
Student Center Skyline Room 223

Should you be able to sell your kidney on the free market? There are plenty of arguments against allowing a market in kidneys, but how well do they hold up to critical scrutiny? Professor Jaworski argues not very well. You should be able to sell your kidney, eyeball, arm, and many other things, he argues, without legal punishment. If you may do it for free, you may do it for money. He claims there should be no limits to what can be bought and sold, but only restrictions on how we buy and sell.

About the speaker: Peter Martin Jaworski is an Assistant Teaching Professor in business ethics at Georgetown University. His academic work has been published in Ethics, Philosophical Studies, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, The Journal of Business Ethics, The Journal of Value Inquiry, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, amongst others. Along with Jason Brennan, Jaworski is the author of "Markets without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests" published in 2016.

He is a co-founder, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Liberal Studies (Ottawa), an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute (Washington, DC), an Academic Advisory Board member with the Greater Mekong Research Center (Phnom Penh), and an Advisory Board member with the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation in Poland. Jaworski was a Visiting Research Professor at Brown University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Wooster, and an Instructor at Bowling Green State University.


Sarah Conly

"When is personal liberty valuable?"

February 27 | 6pm - 7pm
Student Center Skyline Room 223

What happens when our autonomous decisions undercut our success? Conly argues it may help for government to step in to save us from ourselves?