Cover: Graduate student Benjamin Hofmann attends the James A. Moffett â€™29 Lectures in Ethics.
Letter from the Director
Deepening Understanding Tanner Lectures on Human Values James A. Moffett â€™29 Lectures in Ethics Program in Ethics and Public Affairs Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminar Political Philosophy Colloquium History of Political Thought Project Additional Sponsored and Cosponsored Events, Seminars, Workshops & Conferences
Teaching and Learning Program in Values and Public Life Courses and Seminars Film Forum Student Prizes and Grants Human Values Forum
Supporting Research Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics Postdoctoral Research Associates in Values and Public Policy Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellows Faculty Research Grants
People Faculty Executive Committee Laurance S. Rockefeller University Preceptor Faculty Associates Advisory Council Staff
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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
This is my last occasion to introduce an annual review of the University Center’s contributions to Princeton’s intellectual life. By the time you read this, Melissa Lane will have succeeded me as director and I will have returned to Corwin Hall as a full-time member of the Politics Department. Melissa’s colleagues and I are grateful for her willingness to serve and pleased that the Center will be in such excellent hands. You are reading a different kind of annual review than you may have come to expect. This summer the Center launched a redesigned and expanded website (uchv.princeton.edu) that aims to provide in real time much of the material previously contained in the printed annual reviews—reports in text and image of the richly diverse program of campus fora, conferences and workshops, seminars, lectures, courses, and other activities that the Center makes possible. We’ll also document online the contributions of members of the UCHV community to the University and to the larger scholarly world. The Annual Review will persist as an enduring annual record available in print and online. As you will see in the following pages, this has been another characteristically hyperactive year for the Center. The undergraduate certificate program in Values and Public Life, ably led by Anna Stilz, continues to grow: the number of students enrolled jumped from 19 in the Class of 2016 to 27 in the Class of 2017. The research reports by our 2
visiting faculty fellows, postdoctoral research associates, and graduate prize fellows show that these programs all flourished. The year’s visitors developed into a particularly cohesive group (indeed, one remarked that if we had conspired to attract a group of colleagues who could be maximally helpful for his research, we could not have done better). And the Center sponsored more than 30 colloquia and talks and what felt like an unprecedented number of campus events, international conferences and workshops, and co-sponsored an even longer list of events with various other departments and programs. We passed a milestone of special note on June 30, when John Cooper retired from the faculty and ended a term on the UCHV’s Executive Committee that effectively began even before the Center was founded. John was among the small band of faculty members who conjured with the idea of an interdisciplinary center for human values and devised the plan that still guides us today. He has been a steadying hand throughout my time in the Center. We are all pleased that he is not going away and will continue to be a part of the community.
John Cooper, Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy
As I reflect on my time in this role, I would like to acknowledge two groups of people who make possible all of the activity documented in this Review. First, the 17 members of the Executive Committee. The Center has grown in the last several years as we’ve added various new programs to an array of ongoing activities. None of this could have happened without the extraordinarily generous commitments of time and intellectual energy of these colleagues, who in almost all cases have primary allegiances elsewhere on the campus. This degree of engaged faculty support really is exceptional, both within and beyond the Princeton context. Second, the Center’s peerless staff—Femke de Ruyter, Kim Girman, Andrew Perhac, Sue Winters, and our miracle-working assistant director, Maureen Killeen. Our agenda has become more complex over the years and it is evidence of their collective dedication that virtually everything we do goes off without a hitch. I have never worked with a more effective and collegial staff. The rest of us are much in their debt. The most enduring impression I’ll take away is of the density and liveliness of the intellectual community that reproduces itself in the UCHV every year among our visitors, faculty members, and graduate students. As several of the fellows observe in their reports below, it is strikingly unusual. We are all lucky to be part of it. It has been a particular privilege to have served as director and I am thankful for having had the opportunity.
Charles Beitz, Director, University Center for Human Values/Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics
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Professor Stephen Macedo and Shuk Ying Chan in a moment of levity during Tommie Shelbyâ€™s PEPA seminar on Injustice, Punishment, and Condemnation.
John Cooper Delivered the Annual Belgum Lectures (St. Olaf College) Marc Fleurbaey Appointed to the United Nations’ Committee for Development Policy; delivered the State of the Art lecture at the Canadian Economic Association; and received a doctorate honoris causa from CORE, the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (Université Catholique de Louvain la Neuve) Melissa Lane Delivered the Hood Lecture, as a Hood Fellow, and the Chapman Lecture in Politics (University of Auckland)
participated in the Presidential Series Debate (Yale-National University of Singapore). Published The Robust Demands of the Good and Senior Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies “Justitia Amplificata” (Goethe University and Free Universe) Kim Lane Scheppele Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Peter Singer Published Famine, Affluence, and Morality; participated in an Origins Project Dialogue, “Life and Death in the 21st Century,” with Lawrence Krauss (Arizona State University); and delivered the Pojman Memorial Lecture (Towson University)
Stephen Macedo Published Gay Rights and the Constitution: Cases and Materials, with James E. Fleming, Sotirios A. Barber, and Linda C. McClain; delivered the 2016 Lester Kissel Lecture in Ethics at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics (Harvard University) Victoria McGeer Senior Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies “Justitia Amplificata” (Goethe University and Free University) Philip Pettit Delivered the following named lectures: the David Ross Boyd Lectures in Philosophy (University of Oklahoma); the Harold Stoner Clark Lectures (California Lutheran University); the Clough Distinguished Lecture in Jurisprudence (Boston College); the Sheffrin Lecture in Public Policy (University of California-Davis); the Max Weber Lecture (European University); and
Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values
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Tanner Lectures on Human Values The Tanner Lectures on Human Values are presented annually at a select list of universities around the world. The invited lecturer presents a series of lectures reflecting upon scholarly and scientific learning relating to “the entire range of values pertinent to the human condition.” The University Center serves as host to these lectures at Princeton. April 6 –7, 2016 Robert Boyd, Origins Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change, delivered the spring 2016 Tanner Lectures. His two-part lecture, “Culture Matters: How humans became outliers in the natural world,” examined the differences between humans and other vertebrates and how those differences contribute to the human evolutionary process.
H. Allen Orr (University of Rochester), Kim Sterelny (Australian National University), Ruth Mace (University College London) and Paul Seabright (Toulouse School of Economics) gave responses.
James A. Moffett ’29 Lectures in Ethics The Moffett Lecture Series aims to foster reflection about moral issues in public life, broadly construed, at either a theoretical or a practical level, and in the history of thought about these issues. The series is made possible by a gift from the Whitehall Foundation in Honor of James A. Moffett ‘29. February 4, 2016 Samuel Scheffler “Membership and Political Obligation”
NYU University Professor Samuel Scheffler delivers the James A. Moffett ’29 Lectures in Ethics on Membership and Political Obligation.
Tanner lecturer, Robert Boyd, Arizona State University, speaks to a packed audience in McCormick Hall. Below left to right Ruth Mace, Paul Seabright, President Christopher L. Eisgruber, Robert Boyd, H. Allen Orr, Kim Sterelny, and Tanner Committee Chair, Stephen Macedo.
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Program in Ethics and Public Affairs The Program in Ethics and Public Affairs (PEPA) advances the study of the moral purposes and foundations of institutions and practices, both domestic and international. PEPA seminars seek to bring the perspectives of moral and political philosophy to bear on significant issues in public affairs. October 22 Alexander Gourevitch, Brown University “Justice By Other Means: When Striking Workers Coerce Other Workers” November 19 Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona State University “The Art of Contentment” December 17 Melissa Schwartzberg, New York University “Civil Juries and Democratic Legitimacy” February 18 Tommie Shelby, Harvard University “Injustice, Punishment and Condemnation” April 21 Rob Reich, Stanford University “Repugnant to the Very Idea of Democracy? On the Role of Foundations”
LSR Visiting Faculty Fellows, Elinor Mason (left) and Ruth Chang, converse before start of PEPA seminar.
Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminar Seminars range across a wide variety of topics at the intersections of philosophy, ecology, biology, medicine, and public policy. The seminar series is made possible by a gift from the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation. September 16 Elizabeth Barnes, University of Virginia “A Value-Neutral Account of Disability” October 7 Anja Karnein, SUNY Binghampton “Climate Change and Justice Between Nonoverlapping Generations” November 18 Luc Bovens, Princeton University “Child Euthanasia: Shall We Just Not Talk About It?” December 2 Gary Varner, Texas A&M University “Personhood, Ethics, and Cognition” February 17 Nicholas Vrousalis, Princeton University “Why Procreators Have No Special Obligations”
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February 24 Matt Salganik, Princeton University “The Ethics of Social Research in the Digital Age”
Harvard University’s Tommie Shelby giving a PEPA seminar
March 2 Nir Eyal, Harvard University “Inequality in Political Philosophy and Epidemiology” April 13 Caspar Hare, MIT “The Great Spectrum Paradox” April 20 Ralf Bader, University of Oxford “Liberty, Threats and Ineligibility” May 11 Julie Tannenbaum, Pomona College “Responsibility Without Wrongdoing”
March 10 Jeffrey Stout, Princeton University “Political Religion: Kateb’s Lincoln and the Republican Tradition”
Political Philosophy Colloquium The Political Philosophy Colloquium is co-sponsored by the Department of Politics. It presents talks by scholars from Princeton and elsewhere on a broad range of topics in the history of political thought, contemporary political philosophy, and related subjects. October 8 Mark Bevir, University of California-Berkeley “Historicism and Critique” December 3 Annabel Brett, University of Cambridge “The Space of Politics and the Space of War: Some Grotian Prolegomena” March 3 Leif Wenar, Kings College “Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules that Run the World”
March 24 Kimberley Brownlee, University of Warwick “A Few Puzzles about Freedom of Association”
History of Political Thought Project The History of Political Thought Project provides a venue for Princeton students and faculty from different disciplines to discuss both substantive and methodological issues in the history of political thought and seeks to build bridges to comparative politics, comparative Constitutional law, and area studies. April 29-30, 2016 Time in Politics; Politics in Time: Historical and Normative Perspectives May 6-7, 2016 New Challenges to Liberal Democracy: Regime Justifications and Practices 9
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Additional Sponsored and Cosponsored Events, Seminars, Workshops & Conferences (Organizing department is given in parenthesis)
November 12-14 / “Conflict Shorelines: History, Politics, and Climate Change” (Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies/PIIRS)
September 24-25 / Right to Philosophy Conference and Workshop (Department of Comparative Literature)
December 10 / “How to Be an Anti-Capitalist for the 21st Century” (Department of Sociology)
October 1-2 / Nuclear Legacies: A Global Look at the 70th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombing (Center for International Security Studies)
February 11 / Lara Buchak,University of California-Berkeley, Taking Risks Under the Veil of Ignorance (UCHV)
October 16-17 / Philosophy and Literature Graduate Conference (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures)
February 19 / “Social Progress: A Compass” International Panel on Social Progress Workshop (UCHV)
October 18 / “In Between,” Performance by Ibrahim Miari (Program in Judaic Studies)
March 25-26 / American Studies Graduate Student Conference (Program in American Studies)
October 20 / Literary Belief Symposium (Department of English)
March 25-26 / Histories of Reproductive Risk Workshop (Program in the History of Science)
October 21 / A Conversation about Altruism with Matthieu Ricard (UCHV) October 22-23 / “Sonic Contestations of Nuclear Power” (Department of Music) October 23-24 / Constructions: History and Narrativity, Past, Present & Future Conference (Department of Comparative Literature) October 24-25 / “Rethinking Protest Music” (Department of Music) November 9 / “Tireless Rescuers and Why They Make Us Uncomfortable” with Larissa MacFarquhar (UCHV) November 9 / “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence” with Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (Center for Jewish Life) 10
February 13 / “Diversifying the Canon,” Minorities and Philosophy Conference (Department of Philosophy)
April 1-2 / Conference on Gendered Violence: Old Problems and New Challenges (PIIRS) April 3-4 / “Judaism in Modern Philosophy: Spinoza, Hermann Cohen, and the Legacies of German Idealism” (Department of Religion) April 7 / Renaissance Studies Colloquium (Program in Renaissance Studies) April 7 / Beauty and Grace with Marilynne Robinson (Department of Comparative Literature) April 14 / “Hegel and Marx on ‘Spiritual Life’ as a Criterion for Social Change” with Frederick Neuhouser (UCHV)
April 15-16 / Political Theory Graduate Conference (Department of Politics) April 15-16 / Fighting Words: Polemical Literature in the Age of Revolutions (Department of History) April 17 / A Kreutzer Sonata Afternoon: Beethoven, Tolstoy, Janáček (Department of Slavic Languages) April 22 / Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies (Program in Medieval Studies) April 25-26 / Constitutional Dialogue Conference (Department of Politics) April 29-30 / South Asia Graduate Student Conference (PIIRS) May 4-5 / London School of Economics-Princeton Political Theory Conference (UCHV) May 6 / The Prison and the Academy: A public conversation about the ethics of prison education in America today (Prison Teaching Initiative, Program in Teacher Preparation)
Fall 2015 -Spring 2016 The Center helped sponsor these ongoing activities : Digital Humanities Initiative (The Center for Digital Humanities) Disability Studies Working Group (Gender and Sexuality Studies) Ethics of Reading Series (Comparative Literature/UCHV) Interdisciplinary Ethnography Workshop (Sociology) Minorities and Philosophy (Philosophy) Princeton and Slavery Project (Council of the Humanities) Princeton Workshop on Normative Philosophy (Philosophy and UCHV) Program in Classical Philosophy (Philosophy) Russian Realism Revisited Lecture Series (PIIRS)
May 6 / Fantasies of power: Drama, Politics and Aesthetics in Early Modern Europe (Department of English) May 6-7 / American Indian Studies Working Group Conference (Program in American Studies) May 11 / Woman in Gold film screening and conversation with Randol Schoenberg (Program in European Cultural Studies) May 13-15 2016 / Philosophy and Climate Change Conference (UCHV) May 20, 2016 / “Beyond Militant Democracy: On the Justification and Efficacy of Party Bans” (Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies) 11
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Focused undergraduates in Monique Wonderlyâ€™s seminar
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Program in Values and Public Life Anna Stilz, Director
Courses and Seminars
Under the directorship of Anna Stilz, Professor of Politics, this year 19 seniors graduated with the certificate in Values and Public Life (VPL). Many of the students received department honors as well as named scholarships and impressive University-wide awards, including the Spirit of Princeton award, the Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, and the Class of 1901 Medal. In April, UCHV admitted a total of 28 students as the VPL class of 2018, joining the 27 rising seniors.
The VPL junior/senior seminars aim to cultivate students’ abilities to analyze, criticize, and construct systematic arguments about values in public life. While the seminars vary considerably in their thematic content, they are linked by a common pedagogical purpose and an approach that emphasizes intensive small group discussion and advanced writing exercises. The seminars provide an explicit link between the core coursework of the certificate and the independent work requirement.
Values and Public Life Seminars
Seniors in the Values and Public Life Certificate Program celebrate the program’s Class Day reception with Program Director, Professor Stilz.
In addition to the curricular requirements of the certificate program, VPL students participated in career conversations including a panel on law school and a roundtable conversation with a recent VPL alumnus working in international journalism. Students also benefitted from senior thesis workshops and the opportunity to present their thesis findings at the spring VPL Student Conference.
Architecture and Democracy POL 403/CHV 403/ARC 405/GER 403/ SOC 403/URB 403 Jan-Werner Müller Bioethics: Clinical and Population-Level CHV 333/PHI 344 Johann Frick
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Ethics and Pathologies of Attachment CHV 332/PHI 347 Monique Wonderly
Harold T. Shapiro postdoc, Monique Wonderly, teaching the VPL seminar: Ethics and Pathologies
Moral Conflicts in Public & Private Life POL 416/CHV 416 Stephen Macedo
Freshman Seminars Capitalism, Utopia, and Social Justice Marc Fleurbaey University Center for Human Values Freshman Seminar Citizenship Dimitry Kochenov Professor Amy Gutmann Freshman Seminar in Human Values Moral Philosophy and the Philosophical Life John Cooper Class of 1976 Freshman Seminar in Human Values
Cross-Listed Courses Christian Ethics and Modern Society REL 261/CHV 261 Eric Gregory, Religion Comparative Constitutional Law WWS 421/POL 479/CHV 470 Kim Lane Scheppele, Woodrow Wilson School Conceptions of Evil CLA 255/PHI 255/CHV 255 Christian Wildberg, Classics
Neuroethics Charles Gross Peter T. Joseph ’72 Freshman Seminar in Human Values
Criminal Cases: Reading Law CHV 578/COM 578/ENG 505 Peter Brooks, The University Center for Human Values and Comparative Literature
Philosophical Analysis Using Argument Maps (fall) Simon Cullen Dean Eva Gossman Freshman Seminar in Human Values
Ethics and Economics ECO 385/CHV 345 Thomas Leonard, Economics and the Council in the Humanities
Philosophical Analysis Using Argument Maps (fall) Adam Elga Kurt & Beatrice Gutmann Freshman Seminar in Human Values Philosophical Analysis Using Argument Maps (spring) Adam Elga Paul L. Miller ’41 Freshman Seminar in Human Values
Ethics and Public Policy WWS 370/POL 308/CHV 301 Stephen Macedo, Politics Explaining Values PHI 380/CHV 380 Michael Smith, Philosophy’ Global Justice POL 313/CHV 313 Charles Beitz, Politics 15
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Greek Politics in Practice and Theory CLA 244/CHV 244/POL 337 Nino Luraghi, Classics Introduction to Moral Philosophy CHV 202/PHI 202 Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, University Center for Human Values
The Film Forum convenes at various campus theaters for film screenings followed by comments from Princeton faculty and discussion. The series is supported by a gift from Bert Kerstetter ’66 and is co-sponsored by Rockefeller College.
Normative Ethics PHI 319/CHV 319 Gilbert Harman, Philosophy
Fall / Theme: Clockwork Mime
Normative Ethics: Ethics and the Future PHI 519/CHV 519 Johann Frick, Philosophy and Center for Human Values and Gideon Rosen, Philosophy Philosophy of Mind PHI 315/CHV 315/CGS 315 Victoria McGeer, Philosophy Political Philosophy PHI 309/CHV 309/HUM 309 Johann Frick, Philosophy and University Center for Human Values Practical Ethics CHV 310/PHI 385 Peter Singer, The University Center for Human Values Social Philosophy PHI 316/CHV 318/HUM 316/SOC 318 Jonathan Thakkar, Philosophy and Council of the Humanities Stolen Years: Youth under the Nazis COM 362/JDS 362/ECS 362/CHV 362 Froma I. Zeitlin, Greek Languages and Comparative Literature Systemic Ethics PHI 307/CHV 311 Sarah McGrath, Philosophy The Other Side of Rome CLA 214/CHV 214 Andrew Feldherr, Classics 16
Film Forums Erika Kiss, Director
September 21 / Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly / Singing in the Rain (1952) September 28 / Robert and Curt Siodmak People on Sunday (1930) October 5 / Louis Buñuel and Salvador Dali Un Chien Andalou (1929); and Fernand Leger Ballet Mechanique (1924); and Jean Vigo A Propos de Nice (1930) October 12 / Jacques Demy The Umbrellas of Cherbourg October 19 / Charles Chaplin Modern Times October 26 / F.W. Murnau Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922) November 9 / Lars von Trier Dancer in the Dark (2000) November 16 / Alfred Hitchcock Blackmail (1929 silent version) November 23 / Jasujiro Ozu Dreams of Youth (1932) November 30 / Lars von Trier Melancholia (2011) December 7 / Carl Theodor Dreyer The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) December 14 / Sergei Eisenstein Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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April 25 / Jim Jarmusch Dead Man (1996) May 2 / King Vidor Hallelujah! (1929)
Student Prizes and Grants Senior Thesis Prize Each year, the Center awards prizes to the senior theses that make an outstanding contribution to the study of human values. Nominations for the prize are made by departments across the University.
Spring / Theme: Seeing Hurt February 8 / Edward Zwick Glory (1989) February 15 / Stanley Kubrick The Shining (1980) February 22 / Julian Schnabel Before Night Falls (2000) February 29 / F. Gary Gray Straight Outta Compton (2015) March 7 / Wes Anderson The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) March 21 / Neill Blomkamp District 9 (2009) March 28 / László Nemes Son of Saul (2015) April 4 / Miloš Forman Ragtime (1981) April 11 / Orson Welles Touch of Evil (1958) April 18 / John Ford The Searchers (1956)
Eu Nah Noh English “Imagination in a Catastrophic Time: Crisis and the Ethics of Representing Trauma” Christine Smith Politics “A God By Any Other Name: Synthesizing Nondiscrimination and Substantive Liberty Interpretations of the Free Exercise Clause” Jonathan Sung An Terrence Wu Woodrow Wilson “Following the Money: National Economic Self-Interest and Minority Human Rights Compliance in Eurasia”
VPL Summer Research Grants The Program in Values and Public Life offers competitive summer grants for students enrolled in the undergraduate certificate program to pursue values-related internships or research projects. Katherine Chow – Internship at the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Carol Gu – Senior thesis research on Flouoriation of Remote C-H Bonds via Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Robin Spiess – Senior thesis research on Women’s Mental Health in the Middle East 17
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Jenna Spitzer – Senior thesis research on Conceptions of the Self –Motivating Reasons for Action Kevin Wong – Internship at the Centre for Effective Altruism
Graduate Student Merit Awards 2016-17 The UCHV offers prizes to help attract graduate students to Princeton whose work explicitly focuses on ethics, political theory, and human values. In spring 2016, the following students were awarded these grants. Noelle Bodick, History Ahmad Green-Hayes, Religion Judah Isseroff, Religion Mary Nickel, Religion Mary Prokop, English Christopher Register, Philosophy Marie Sanazaro, Comparative Literature Marco Santini, Department of Classics Reed Silverman, Politics Jagat Sohail, Anthropology Elysa Wang, East Asian Studies Jiseob Yoon, Politics
David Henreckson, Religion Sukaina Hirji, Philosophy Amy Hondo, Politics Emily Hulme, Politics Adam Kern, Politics Ted Lechterman, Politics Brian Lee, Religion Tolya Levshin, Politics David Zuluaga Martinez, Politics Gustavo Maya, Religion Lucia Rafanelli, Politics Johan Trovik, Politics Raissa von Doetinchem de Rande, Religion Ian Walling, Politics Daniel Wodak, Philosophy
Short Movie Prize Sponsored by the Center, this award is given to the undergraduate who produces the best short film that addresses a given theme; the theme for this year was Choosing. Co-winners: Emma Michalak for “Meme” and Chanyoung Park, Roxana Turcanu, and Cezar Mocan for “But for the Grace” Honorable Mention: Benjamin Goodman and Simon Gulergun for “Untitled”
Political Philosophy Research and Travel Grants The University Center for Human Values, along with the Program in Political Philosophy, offers Political Philosophy Research and Travel grants, supported by a fund established by Amy Gutmann, former provost of the University and founding director of the University Center for Human Values. The following students received grants.
Above: Cezar Mocan, Chanyoung Park, and Roxana Turcanu
Merrick Anderson, Philosophy Colin Bradley, Philosophy Shuk Ying Chan, Politics Teresa Davis, History Robin Dembroff, Philosophy Nyle Fort, Religion 18
Left: Emma Michalak
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Human Values Forum With support from Bert Kerstetter ’66, the Human Values Forum provides an opportunity for approximately 50 undergraduates, faculty members, graduate students, and faculty visitors to meet in an informal setting to discuss current and enduring questions concerning ethics and human values. They meet over dinner at 5 Ivy Lane most weeks during the academic year. Officers: Jenna Spitzer ‘17, George Kunkel ‘17, Loullyana Saney ‘17, and Elliot Salinger ‘17 September 21 / Peter Singer “The Migrant Crisis in Europe: How Should the World Respond?” September 28 / Jeff McMahan “Animal Ethics” October 5 / Sarah-Jane Leslie “Gender Gaps in Academic Disciplines” October 12 / Jennifer Morton “Equality of Opportunity and Culture” October 19 / Luc Bovens “Secular Hope in the Face of Death” October 26 / Johnny Thakkar “Socialism” November 9 / Ben Morison “How to Think About Morality” November 16 / Justice Deborah Poritz “The New Jersey Supreme Court: A Model for Judicial Decision-Making” November 23 / Daniel Wodak “The Case Against Judicial Obedience” November 30 / Philip Pettit Meritocracy vs. Democracy: On the China Model December 7 / Simon Cullen “Moral Luck”
December 14 / Michael H. Hecht “Creating Life in the Laboratory” February 1 / Christopher Eisgruber “Free speech and civility” February 8 / Carol Giacomo “Judicial Ethics” February 15 / Pulin Sanghvvi “The Role of Failure in a College Education” February 22 / Charles Beitz “The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ in Libya” February 29 / Alexander Kirshner “Whether Antidemocrats Have a Right to Participate” March 7 / Geoffrey Sayre-McCord “Does Morality Make a Difference (to What Is Possible)?” March 21 / Leora Batnitzky “Is Religious Conversion a Human Right?” March 28 / Elinor Mason “How Do I Blame Thee? Let Me Count the Ways” April 4 / Simon Cullen “Determinism and Responsibility (With Some Experimental Results)” April 11 / Stephen Macedo “Offensive Speech and Social Norms” April 18 / Dipayan Ghosh “Technology Policy and the Protection of Civil Liberties” April 25 / Michael Smith “The Nature of Normativity” The Honorable Deborah Poritz
May 2 / Melissa Lane “Is Financial Independence Something to be Valued in Political Candidates?” 19
A reflective LSR faculty fellow, Luc Bovens, during the Moffett lecture
The UCHV seeks to advance original scholarship relating to human values by sponsoring visiting faculty fellowships, a visiting professorship of distinguished teaching, postdoctoral research appointments, and dissertation stage fellowships for outstanding Princeton graduate students. The research reports presented in this section illustrate the reach and quality of the work carried out under the Center’s auspices last year. A main feature of the visiting fellows program is a regular lunch seminar at which our visitors, together with the Center’s faculty members, present their work to an audience of peers. The graduate fellows meet regularly for their own research seminar, typically followed by a working dinner. As the research reports attest, the systematic criticism and discussion of work in progress is among the principal benefits of affiliation with the Center.
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching This professorship is part of the 250th Anniversary Visiting Professorships for Distinguished Teaching program. Each faculty visitor teaches an undergraduate course and engages in other activities aimed at enhancing teaching at Princeton.
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord Not surprisingly, my time at UCHV has been a great pleasure. In the fall I taught a large lecture course on ethics, where the students read Plato’s Republic, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Kant’s Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, and Mill’s Utilitiarianism. An especially nice feature of teaching this course was getting to know a good supply of undergraduates and working closely with a talented group of graduate students who were crucial to the course’s success. I spent much of my time on the long-term project of understanding and accounting for the distinctive nature and significance of normative concepts that figure in moral thought and critical reflection (moral and otherwise). In the course of
the year, I co-edited a volume on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and published with Oxford University Press; I finished a paper on David Hume on the Artificial Virtues (which appeared in the Oxford Handbook of Hume); I co-authored a paper (with economist Geoff Brennan) arguing that the moral properties of different options make a difference to their feasibility (to be published in Social Philosophy and Policy); and I finished another paper on Hume on Public Reason (which will appear in a Routledge collection on public reason). Throughout the year, there were magnificent distractions provided by an unbelievably rich offering of talks, workshops, and films that so often proved irresistible. 21
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Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows LSR Fellows are outstanding scholars from other institutions who devote a year in residence in the Center to research projects related to human values. They discuss their work in the LSR Fellows’ Seminar and participate in other activities in the Center and the University.
Luc Bovens My fellowship at UCHV gave me the opportunity to attend a range of seminars that were fruitful for my research. The LSR seminar helped me finalize a paper on selection under uncertainty and affirmative action (published in Mind). The DeCamp Bioethics Seminar prompted me to write a paper on Belgian legislation on euthanasia for minors. The Philosophy and Welfare Economics Seminar, organized by Marc Fleurbaey, introduced me to visitors in the economics department, which led to joint work with Adrien Lutz on the 19th century French utopian 22
socialists; with Koen Decancq on uncertainty in poverty measurement; and with Andreas Schmidt on smoking policies (published in the American Journal of Bioethics). I enjoyed working with undergraduate Caleb South, who assisted me on a project on equality of opportunity with his computational modelling skills. I also continued my research in moral psychology on the topic of hope. This led to two papers: “A Puzzle of Hope and Faith” and “Secular Hopes in the Face of Death.” I was invited to present the latter at the undergraduate Human Values Forum. Finally, informal discussions with fellows, postdocs, students, and faculty were of great help in writing short blogs and articles on effective altruism, on Nudge and alcohol policies, on the European Commission’s proposal for refugee quotas, and on the Volkswagen scandal.
Ruth Chang I am profoundly grateful to the University Center for an invaluable year during which
I focused on my research. I completed four articles: “Transformative Choices,” “Parity, Imprecise Comparability, and the Repugnant Conclusion,” “Hard Choices and Commitment,” and “Parity and Indeterminacy.” In addition, I made progress on two books, as well as on a co-edited volume on the philosophy of practical reason. I also presented aspects of my work in a variety of venues, including Harvard’s Safra Center, Tel Aviv’s and Jerusalem’s philosophy departments, Wharton, a New Zealand radio station, the World Bank, the California Cognitive Science Conference, and at NAVAIR Division of the U.S. Department of Navy. At Princeton, I received helpful feedback on papers presented at the LSR seminar, especially from my commentator, Ellie Mason, and at the Princeton Normative Philosophy Workshop and enjoyed being a commentator at both LSR and DeCamp seminars. I learned heaps from the fascinating talks and workshops available throughout the year at the UCHV and the wider Princeton community and had great conversations not only with my fellow fellows, but also with local faculty and graduate students about their work-in-progress. The atmosphere of collegiality, intellectual excitement, and disciplinary open-mindedness that characterizes the UCHV makes it a very special place, indeed. Thanks are
due especially to Chuck Beitz for his expert guidance and leadership, and to Maureen, Femke, Susan, and Kim who made the running of the Center seem effortless. My only regret is being booted out at the end of what was definitely one of the best years of my academic career.
Alexander Kirshner This year has been a thrill. Talking and thinking along with UCHV faculty and fellows in seminars and over numerous lunches and dinners has been thoroughly enjoyable. I’ve used my time at the Center to advance my second book project, which explores the history and value of legitimate political opposition. Since arriving, I’ve completed a chapter on the practice of opposition in Ancient Athens, which has since been accepted for publication. I’ve also written new chapters on the connection between violence and opposition during the Roman Republic and on the normative value of political competition. Presenting the latter
chapter in the LSR seminar, I received excellent comments and insightful challenges; those comments and challenges not only made me rethink that chapter, but the book’s larger argument as well. Additionally, I have made progress on a paper exploring the normative character of non-democratic elections; I’ve also presented at conferences in Montreal and London. While in Princeton, I’ve been fortunate to participate in the Human Values Forum and a UCHV-sponsored event on militant democracy. The UCHV is a remarkable intellectual community, boasting a lively and generous faculty and an impressive staff. I am extraordinarily grateful to them and to my fellow fellows for this wonderful year.
Thomas Lewis During a tremendous year here, I have both learned a great deal from faculty and visiting fellows at the Center and taken advantage of a wide range of other resources at the University.
The first few weeks of the year were devoted to the final proofing of my most recent book, Why Philosophy Matters for the Study of Religion—And Vice Versa (Oxford). I have spent most of the year working on my current book project, The Eclipse of Ethical Practices in the Modern West, which examines the transformation and persistence of attention to ethical formation in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the fall, I presented a portion of the project—examining the concept of ethical formation itself—at the Political Concepts conference hosted at Brown University; in spring, I delivered a revised version of that paper to Princeton’s religion department. I presented another segment of the project, “Mary Wollstonecraft, Ethical Formation, and Narratives of Modern Morality,” at the LSR seminar. And I gave a related paper on Wollstonecraft as the Frederic C. Wood Jr. Lecture at Vassar College in March. More significant than these individual papers, however, have been the time and intellectual space afforded by a year of leave; these have enabled the wide reading and reflecting necessary to conceptualize a large-scale project reexamining a decisive moment in the emergence of modern ethical thought.
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a weekly learning community on social choice topics coordinated by Marc Fleurbaey. I am extremely grateful to everyone at the UCHV—faculty, students, staff, and, of course, the other LSR fellows—for making this year a priceless academic experience.
Claudio Lopez-Guerra I cannot imagine a more stimulating intellectual environment than the one I encountered this year at the UCHV. It was the ideal setting to make progress on a book project about political equality and the moral demands of high public office. After considerable reading, thinking, conversing, and writing, I am now in a much better position to bring the book to completion. For the LSR fellows seminar I wrote a self-standing paper on that subject entitled, “Equal Stakes: Justice, Accountability, and Public Office.” I presented versions of this paper at various places: University of Richmond, New York University, Columbia University, Utica College, Haverford College, and Pompeu Fabra University. During the year, I also worked on a paper on the ethics of immigration, as part of a project on justice, democracy, and difference at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics. I also benefited greatly from participating in 24
Elinor Mason My goal was to complete a first draft of a book about the connections between normative concepts (rightness and wrongness) and responsibility concepts (praise and blameworthiness), which I managed to do, and to complete three articles on topics closely related to the book’s themes. The first will be published this July, in Rik Peels (ed.) Social Dimensions of Ignorance (Routledge), and is based on the paper that I gave at the LSR seminar, “Moral Ignorance and Moral Incapacity.” The second, “Consequentialism and Moral Responsibility,” connects my work on responsibility to my ongoing interest in consequentialism and will
be published in Christian Seidel (ed.), Consequentialism: New Directions, New Problems? (Oxford). The last one deals with cases where it does not seem that any of the standard accounts of responsibility apply. I argue that sometimes we should take responsibility for things that we do, even when we did not do those things deliberately. That paper will appear in a volume called Social Dimensions of Moral Responsibility (Oxford), by M. Oshana, K. Hutchison, and C. Mackenzie (eds.). I gave papers at various universities and conferences, including: The Tucson Workshop on Normative Ethics, Rutgers University, Fordham Law School, Penn Law, and the University of West Virginia. I benefited enormously from feedback in those places and from the UCHV community. I also enjoyed engaging with Princeton undergraduates through the Human Values Forum and with the postgraduates through the Princeton Workshop in Normative Philosophy. I am extremely grateful for the wonderfully enriching and productive year I’ve had.
Jennifer Morton My year at Princeton has been one of the most fruitful and intellectually engaging ones of my career. I spent most of it working on a book concerning the ethical conflicts faced by students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are on the path of upward mobility. While these students’ academic and financial challenges have been extensively investigated by social scientists, little has been said about the ethical challenges students confront as they change in ways that distance them from their families, communities, and, in some cases, their own identities. I was fortunate to present some of my initial ideas at the Human Values Forum, to co-organize a conference on Diversity in Philosophy with several students in the philosophy department, and to engage in various informal conversations about the student activism we witnessed on campus this past year. All of this proved crucial and relevant to the development
of the ideas in the book tentatively titled: Moving Up Without Losing One’s Way. I also presented a paper at the LSR seminar titled “Can Education Undermine Representation?” in which I explored the consequences for the idea of representation of upward mobility through education. Aside from this project, I continued to develop a paper on the effect of poverty on rationality entitled “Reasoning Under Scarcity,” which I presented at the Princeton Normative Theory Workshop. I will dearly miss my office overlooking architect Yamasaki’s masterpiece, the never-ending supply of delicious kale salad, and all of the wonderful fellows, faculty, staff, and students who made this year such a productive and happy one.
Melinda Roberts I am very grateful to the Center for this phenomenal year. The project I proposed for the LSR fellowship program concerns how our future-directed conduct can hold to a stringent standard
even as we recognize that we have no independent obligation to bring ever more future people into existence. The purpose of that reconciliation is to generate intuitive, testable accounts of issues relating to climate change and personal procreative choice. Because of the Center’s interdisciplinary nature and because there is so much going on at Princeton, I was drawn outside my own work on an almost daily basis into new areas of research interest and challenged to think about my work in new ways. It was a perfect combination! The LSR seminar—the fellows, faculty, students, and friends—was amazing. Invaluable were the DeCamp and the Climate Futures Initiative seminars; the Workshop on Infinite Value; and the Philosophy and Climate Change Conference. Discussion groups, informal and formal, including the Choice Theory group, were wonderful. Regular meetings with philosophers and economists have established a promising basis for future collaboration. I leave with a reasonably polished draft of Modal Ethics and Moral Values. Other projects included: new papers—“The Nonidentity Problem” (invited) and “The Neutrality Intuition” (invited and, in an early form, the basis for my LSR seminar) —and talks at the Conference on Population Ethics (Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford), the American Philo25
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sophical Association Eastern Division meetings, and the Workshop on Deontological Approaches to Population Ethics (Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm).
Nicholas Vrousalis The past year has been uniquely stimulating and productive for me. During my time at the Center, I advanced a book project on exploitation, which explores the conceptual connections between exploitation, power, and domination. I also completed four papers: an introduction to analytical Marxism, a historical piece on the modes of subsumption in Marx’s Capital, an inquiry on global justice and imperialism, and a first cut on a nonrepublican theory of domination. The first two papers discuss Marx’s social theory in light of recent developments in analytic philosophy, but criticize the standard appropriation of Marx’s concepts by the so-called analytical Marxists. Marx’s theory of freedom is not about fairness, harm, 26
rights, or arbitrariness. The third and fourth papers are thematically united in offering a nonrepublican account of domination, one that draws upon Rousseau and the feminist literature on subordination. Paper-writing aside, I presented papers on these topics in Washington, D.C. and San Diego. I also co-organized a workshop on militant democracy, which addressed the efficacy and putative justification of banning undemocratic or antidemocratic parties. I am grateful to the Center’s faculty, staff, and fellow fellows for providing an environment maximally conducive to free and creative thought.
Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics The Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues arising from developments in medicine or the biological sciences.
Monique Wonderly My first year at the UCHV has been an exciting and productive one. The intellectually stimulating and supportive environment has afforded me the opportunity to make considerable progress on my work on pathologies of emotional attachment. Thus far, my research has centered on the relationship between security-based attachment and certain forms of addiction. Since September, I have drafted two papers on this topic. In the first, “Attachment and Agency: Understanding Felt Necessity in Addiction and Love,” I argue that the type of felt need internal to attachment
—though largely neglected in the extant agency literature— can illuminate central aspects of agency in addiction and love. I presented versions of this paper at the LSR fellows seminar and at an ethics and political philosophy conference at Northwestern University. In the second paper, “Security as an Affective Attitude,” I offer an analysis of security as an affective attitude, situating it within the nexus of related phenomena (confidence, contentment, feelings of agential competence, etc.) and articulating some underappreciated roles that it plays in understanding emotions and agency. Both papers are in the final stages of preparation for journal submission. In addition to my research, I also taught an upper-division undergraduate philosophy seminar and co-organized the spring DeCamp bioethics seminars.
Postdoctoral Research Associates in Values and Public Policy The Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship is a joint endeavor of the University Center for Human Values and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It enables highly promising scholars trained in moral and political philosophy, political theory, normative economics, and related areas to develop a research agenda in the ethical dimensions of public policy.
Chloé Bakalar In association with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics In my first year as postdoctoral research associate, I continued my research and writing on democratic and communicative theory. I focused on revising my book manuscript, Small Talk?: The Impact of Social Speech on Liberal Democratic
Citizenship, which utilizes an interdisciplinary approach (combining political theory, Anglo-American legal theory, and empirical social science) to identify and explain the effects of everyday talk on liberal democratic citizenship and political outcomes. It then suggests public policy recommendations that state and private actors may enact to promote democratically advantageous social speech and to discourage social speech that is likely to produce negative effects on liberal values. I had the opportunity to present a chapter on Internet speech at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, where I received valuable feedback. I also developed a paper that explores the political thought of John Milton, challenging the popular assumption that his vision of freedom of expression was meant to apply only to public, political speech and arguing for the importance of everyday communication in republican government. In addition to these and related projects, I also participated in various conferences in political theory and public policy throughout the year and have been working with Marc Fleurbaey on the International Panel on Social Progress.
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Mark Budolfson In association with the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Program (STEP) Much of my research focuses on issues at the interface of ethics and public policy, especially in connection with collective action problems such as climate change and other dilemmas that arise when discussing common resources and public goods. For example, I am coauthoring several papers that examine leading economic models of what we should do about climate change. These models have been particularly influential because they purport to quantify the costs and benefits to society of greenhouse gas reductions, and thus can be used as clear recommendations to policymakers who are deciding what magnitude of emissions reductions we should make. An important part of our project is to clarify the value judgments that are implicit in these models, as well as to better account for facts about 28
population, health impacts, and the distribution of costs and benefits of policy. This allows us to see how what we should do about climate change depends on a number of problematic assumptions in existing models. I’ve been very lucky to benefit from the UCHV’s wonderfully collegial and generous environment that has supported this interdisciplinary work in every way, as well as my other more traditional philosophical projects.
Minh Ly In association with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance I have dedicated my year to writing a book, A Human Right to Democratic Accountability. My book examines what democratic values require in a globalized world. When people are greatly affected by international organizations and foreign states, what do democratic principles call for? I argue that people are entitled to participate in a public system of accountability to protect
their human rights from states and international organizations. My theory offers an alternative to the two leading approaches to democracy and globalization: national democracy and global electoral democracy. The human right to democratic accountability also has important implications within states. For governments to be held accountable, it is not enough to hold elections, but they must respect equal rights to dissent, to speak, and to debate government policies. Recognizing a human right to democratic accountability is crucial to countering the rise of elected authoritarians. I have submitted two chapters for review in journals. One chapter develops a participatory theory of accountability for international organizations, and the other argues that non-citizens are owed an actual justification for public policies that threaten their human rights. I will be presenting a third chapter, which offers a democratic theory of self-determination, at the APSA conference. In addition to working on the book, I participated in the Princeton-London School of Economics Conference on democratic theory held at the UCHV and commented on an excellent paper by LSR fellow Claudio López-Guerra.
Andreas Schmidt In association with the Center for Health and Well Being Despite the job market taking up a good portion of my second fellowship year, I have made good progress in my different research areas. In my work on sociopolitical freedom, I finished “Abilities and the Sources of Unfreedom,” which is forthcoming in Ethics; I am revising for publication a paper on the distribution of freedom across lifetimes; and I published two papers on freedom and animal liberation. In “Being Good by Doing Good,” I discuss how far doing good makes one a better person (forthcoming in Utilitas). The UCHV and the Center for Health and Wellbeing also made for an inspiring environment to work on public policy. I published a paper on the recent trend towards mindfulness-based interventions in Journal of Medical Ethics; my paper on tobacco control, freedom, and status quo bias will appear in the American
Journal of Bioethics along with six response papers (one of which is written by LSR fellow Luc Bovens). In two papers currently under review, I defend recent nudging proposals and libertarian paternalism against common objections. I have been fortunate to benefit from an outstanding academic and wonderfully collegiate environment. I will remember dearly – and continue to benefit from – the many inspiring and enjoyable interactions I have had with both permanent members and visitors at the UCHV.
see about my editor’s -- this development more than justifies the fact that more work remains to be done! I also drafted a journal article tracing the origins of the concepts of “internationalism” and “isolationism” in American political discourse, and I completed a chapter of an edited volume on the history of decisions and decisionism in international relations. In addition to giving extended talks in Princeton’s history department and at the University of Cambridge, I presented my work at conferences hosted by the European University Institute, the International Studies Association, NYU, Oregon State University, and the University of Geneva. But the influence of my time at Princeton will outlast my presence: I am sure my experiences at the Center will shape my research for years to come.
Stephen Wertheim In association with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance I leave the UCHV enriched by a year of stimulating conversation. By thinking through my book project, a work of twentieth-century history, with colleagues in political science and political philosophy, I have expanded the canvas of my manuscript. In my opinion -- though we’ll 29
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Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellows These fellowships, made possible by a gift from Laurance S. Rockefeller ’32, are awarded to Princeton graduate students with distinguished academic records who show great promise of contributing to scholarship and teaching about ethics and human values. Fellows participate in an interdisciplinary research seminar throughout the year. In 2015–16 the seminar was convened by Stephen Macedo (Politics and UCHV).
Daniel Blank My year as a Graduate Prize Fellow has been both enjoyable and productive. The Center’s support has allowed me to make considerable progress on my dissertation, which focuses on theatrical performances at Oxford and Cambridge during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. I was able to write and refine several chapters 30
while also gaining a firm sense of the project’s overall direction and scope. Additionally, I was able to prepare for publication an article drawn from my dissertation’s first chapter. I benefitted immensely from the GPF seminar, which encouraged me to think more deeply about the humanistic aspects of my project and provided a lively interdisciplinary forum for sharing my research. I presented a paper on a prominent Elizabethan antitheatricalist, emphasizing the moral and ethical aspects of his attack upon the university stage. The insightful feedback I received attests to the UCHV’s vibrant intellectual community, as well as the engagement it fosters between scholars across a variety of academic disciplines. Through the UCHV, I also had the opportunity to mentor two remarkable undergraduates in the Values and Public Life certificate program. I am grateful for the Center’s support and I hope to continue pushing disciplinary boundaries as a Graduate Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion next year.
Katlyn Carter My time as an UCHV Graduate Prize Fellow was enormously productive and formative for my dissertation, which explores debates about the place of secrecy in representative government during the Age of Revolutions. First and foremost, the fellowship afforded me the opportunity to make significant progress toward completing my dissertation. Over the course of the academic year, I was able to draft three chapters and submit a stand-alone article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. I also benefitted immensely from the chance to present my work to a multi-disciplinary group at the GPF seminar—an experience that raised new questions and pushed me to think about my project from a variety of fresh perspectives outside my discipline of history. In addition to presenting to the GPF group, I gave talks at five national conferences and circulated my writing in four workshops over the course
of the academic year. Back on campus, the fellowship also introduced me to the vibrant intellectual community of the UCHV, which has hosted many scholars who have helped me think about my own work in new ways. The support of the Center also aided me in securing a pre-doctoral fellowship for the upcoming academic year at the American Philosophical Society, where I plan to complete my doctoral work.
my third chapter, on ideas of international economic integration in the Southern Cone; I presented this chapter to the Harvard Graduate Conference on International History, which this year focused on economic history. In April and May, I began drafting my fourth chapter, which will track international ideas in Latin America into the League of Nations period. Center funding enabled me to spend a week researching my fourth and fifth chapters at the Carnegie Endowment Archives in New York as well as to fully take advantage of the substantial resources available at Princeton. Finally, the conversations sustained with such an interesting and diverse group of scholars enabled me to rethink many aspects of my dissertation, particularly those pertaining to political philosophy and the history of ideas.
Teresa Davis My year as a Graduate Prize Fellow enabled me to make significant progress on my dissertation, a history of ideas of global governance in the Southern Cone during the interwar period. In the fall I finished drafting my second chapter, on the ideas of the Chilean jurist Alejandro Ă lvarez. I presented this chapter at the Columbia Graduate Student Conference on Latin American History as well as to the GPF group. In the first three months of 2016, I finished work on
those experiences paled in comparison with my time as a Graduate Prize Fellow this past year. Thanks to the generous support of the fellowship, I completed two new dissertation chapters, revised substantial portions of my earlier work, participated in LSR seminars and Political Philosophy colloquia, and enjoyed countless stimulating conversations with resident and visiting fellows at the Center. My dissertation is interdisciplinary, focusing on the relationship between religious and political conceptions of law and covenant in early modern Protestant thought. Presenting some of this research in the context of the GPF seminar gave me invaluable insight into how I might revise my material for an interdisciplinary scholarly audience. The broader intellectual community at the UCHV has been just as beneficial to me. It was a pleasure to strike up friendships with my fellow GPFs, our faculty convener Stephen Macedo, and several visiting faculty fellows.
Davey Henreckson Over the first four years of my graduate studies at Princeton, I benefited from dozens of events at the UCHV. But 31
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one in the Florida Law Review and one in the Tennessee Law Review. Those deal with student loan bankruptcy provisions and educational diversity in the federal judiciary, respectively. I’m grateful for the opportunity that the UCHV Graduate Prize Fellowship has given me to work on all of these projects. In addition, it has been a privilege getting to know the fellows and faculty affiliated with the Center. Following my year with the UCHV, I will start a research fellowship at Yale Law School.
The Graduate Prize Fellowship has provided me with the time necessary to make significant progress on my research. During this past year, I have had four articles accepted for publication. The first—titled “The Myth of the Nondelegation Doctrine”—is forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. This paper, which I co-authored with Keith Whittington, presents empirical evidence disproving the myth that the nondelegation doctrine was once a meaningful check on legislative delegations. The second article, titled “Supreme Court Repeaters,” is forthcoming in the Vanderbilt Law Review. This piece (which I co-authored with Ya Sheng Lin, a UCHV-affiliated undergraduate) is the first to identify and examine the special cases that receive certiorari from the Supreme Court more than once. I also have two other articles forthcoming—
The Graduate Prize Fellowship has enabled me to continue my independent research. My work this year focused on a set of questions concerning the moral permissibility of paternalism towards children in the context of medical decision making. In my work, I draw on recent research in cognitive science to think about how we should decide when minors ought to be allowed to make their own medical decisions. During
Sukaina Hirji I was very lucky to be a Graduate Prize Fellow at the UCHV this year. I work in ancient philosophy, specifically on Aristotle’s conception of happiness and its relationship to virtuous action. I am currently finishing my dissertation and will begin a tenure track position at Virginia Tech in the fall. The fellowship was a wonderful experience and very helpful for me on the job market. It was a pleasure to hear about work from other graduate students in different disciplines, and often discussions touched on issues that were relevant to my own work. The presentation that I gave was extremely helpful for me in preparing a job talk for an audience of educated non-specialists. It was also helpful to have many informal conversations with fellow graduate students about their dissertation work and their job market experiences. Overall, Princeton has been a wonderful place to be a graduate student, and programs like this one that bring together graduate students 32
my fellowship year, I had the opportunity to present my work at several venues beyond the GPF seminar. I gave a talk at a conference at Bates College, my undergraduate alma mater, last fall and presented at my department’s Dissertation Seminar this spring. This past academic year, I was also a Graduate Student Fellow in the Program in Cognitive Science and presented my work at the Lunchtime Talk Series. In addition, I published an article in the Maryland Law Review that explored the constitutionality of neuroscience-based lie detection. This summer, I will be participating in the Bioethics Boot Camp, which is a three-week intensive program in medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. The Graduate Prize Fellowship has given me the unique opportunity to present my work to a truly interdisciplinary audience and receive feedback from a variety of intellectual perspectives. I am grateful to the UCHV for the chance to engage with, and learn from, such an interesting and diverse group of graduate students.
Adam Lerner Being a Graduate Prize Fellow this year has afforded me a number of excellent opportunities, the most salient of which has been the ability to devote most of my time to working on my dissertation, “Empathy, Moral Epistemology, and Moral Progress.” In the dissertation, I argue that empathy plays a crucial role in moral theorizing and that appreciating this role helps us resolve a number of debates regarding our obligations to future generations, foreigners, and nonhuman animals. In addition to making significant progress on five of six chapters, I also planned two studies designed to test key empirical claims I make in the dissertation. Besides working on my dissertation, I found time this year to write a paper entitled “The Puzzle of Pure Moral Motivation.” In this paper, I argue that it is rational to desire to do the right thing as such (and not merely, e.g., in order to avoid punishment), and that none of the leading views in meta-
ethics can accommodate this fact. When not working directly on my own research this year, I attended philosophy graduate seminars on mental fragmentation, bias and objectivity, non-consequentialist moral theories, and dissertation work in progress. Being a Graduate Prize Fellow also allowed me to participate in a number of fantastic UCHV activities, including the Graduate Prize Fellow seminar, the DeCamp Bioethics Seminar series, the Princeton Workshop in Normative Philosophy, and the Philosophy and Climate Change Conference. Beyond the UCHV, I regularly attended meetings of the Princeton Social Neuroscience Lab and events hosted by the Princeton Program in Cognitive Science.
Beth Stroud Over the past year, the UCHV fellowship provided me with an intellectual community that supported my progress on my dissertation, “A Loftier Race: Liberal Protestantism and Eugenics, 1877–1930.” 33
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With the encouragement, curiosity, and thoughtful critique of my colleagues in the GPF seminar, I was able to draft an important chapter on the role of eugenic ideas in emerging social welfare practice in the 1870s and 1880s. The American Society for Church History has accepted my proposal to present a paper based on this chapter at its 2017 Winter Meeting. Presenting my research to an interdisciplinary group has helped me clarify my conclusions and renewed my enthusiasm for this project. Princeton graduate students can be somewhat isolated in their academic departments, but this seminar was a refreshing conversation among students of religion, politics, history, English, and philosophy; I appreciated the chance to develop relationships with colleagues I had never met. I also enjoyed serving as a mentor to two undergraduate students who were working on compelling research projects. I am deeply grateful for the opportunities UCHV has given me.
to advance my dissertation work and in preparing me for future research and scholarship, for which I am extremely grateful.
Faculty Research Grants
Margaret Tankard As a UCHV Graduate Prize Fellow this year, I have been able to focus on developing my dissertation and have been granted a wonderful, interdisciplinary community of scholars. I looked forward to each of our meetings and to the diverse questions my peers and I asked of one another based on our own disciplinary lenses and methods. Discussing with the group my psychological research on womenâ€™s empowerment and social norms prompted me to step back from my datadriven analysis to examine broader philosophical and pragmatic implications of my dissertation topic for society. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to move beyond the quantitative, empirical aspects of my work testing the effects of a social psychological intervention, to consider in greater depth the projectâ€™s relation to other ethical and political factors. This year of financial and intellectual support has been invaluable in allowing me
The University Center sponsors a program of competitive grants for Princeton faculty members to support research, conferences, and collaborative projects on subjects relating to values in public and private life. In 2015-16, the following awards were granted as part of this program: Institutionalizing Rights and Religion: Competing Supremacies book project (2016) Leora Batnitzky, Department of Religion (with Hanoch Dagan, Tel Aviv University Law School) Japan in American Social Thought: The Question of Community book manuscript workshop (2015-16) Amy Borovoy, Department of East Asian Studies Refugees and Native Reactions in Germany (2015-17) Rafaela Dancygier, Department of Politics (with Amaney Jamal, Department of Politics)
What determines public support for international norm enforcement? (2015-17) Melissa Lee, Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School (with Lauren Prather, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego) Judgment at Tokyo (2016) Gary Bass, Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School Jewish Legal Theories: 1650 to the Present (2016) Leora Batnitzky, Department of Religion (with Yonatan Brafman, Jewish Theological Seminary of America) Game Technology as an Intervention for Public Understanding of Sociality (2016-17) Alin Coman, Department of Psychology and the Woodrow Wilson School (with Joanna Bryson, Center for Information Technology Policy and Department of Computer Science, University of Bath and Mark Riedl, Georgia Tech) Crisis Communiques: Journalism, Social Media, and Humanitarian Aid in the Refugee Crisis in Greece (2016) Karen Emmerich, Department of Comparative Literature
Feminizing Elites: The Transformation of Culture through Educational Expansion (2016) Margaret Frye, Department of Sociology Curricular Development Workshops in Justice, History and Society through Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative (2016-18) Beatrice Kitzinger, Department of Art and Archaeology (with Matthew Spellberg, Department of Comparative Literature) Essentialism and Hierarchies: The cues that shape racial attitudes in five- and six-year-old children (2016-18) Sarah-Jane Leslie, Department of Philosophy (with Marjorie Rhodes, Department of Psychology, New York University) Synesthesia of Law Conference (2016) Thomas Levin, Department of German (with Daniela Gandorfer, Department of German and Christophe Jamin, School of Law, Frédéric Gros, Political Science and Nofar Sheffi, Law, Sciences Po)
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Charles Beitz Director, University Center for Human Values; Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics
Erika Kiss Director, University Center for Human Values Film Forum; Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in the University Center for Human Values
Peter Brooks Lecturer with the rank of Professor in Comparative Literature and the University Center for Human Values
Stephen Macedo Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values
Sandra Bermann Cotsen Professor of the Humanities; Professor of Comparative Literature
Christopher L. Eisgruber President of the University; Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values Marc Fleurbaey Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies; Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values Johann Frick Assistant Professor, University Center for Human Values and the Department of Philosophy Elizabeth Harman Associate Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values
Opposite: 301 Marx Hall teeming with an audience for a UCHV talk
Victoria McGeer Research Scholar and Lecturer, University Center for Human Values Philip Pettit Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values; Director of the Program in Political Philosophy Geoffrey Sayre-McCord Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching Kim Lane Scheppele Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values Peter Singer Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values
Charles Beitz Director, University Center for Human Values; Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics
John Cooper Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy; Director of the Program in Classical Philosophy Marc Fleurbaey Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies; Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values Johann Frick Assistant Professor, University Center for Human Values and the Department of Philosophy Eric Gregory Professor of Religion Elizabeth Harman Associate Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values
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Peter Singer Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values Michael Smith McCosh Professor of Philosophy; Chair of the Department in Philosophy
Melissa Lane Class of 1943 Professor of Politics Stephen Macedo Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values Victoria McGeer Research Scholar, University Center for Human Values
Anna Stilz Director, Program in Values and Public Life; Associate Professor of Politics
Laurance Rockefeller University Preceptors Joshua Kotin Assistant Professor of English (2014–17)
Jan-Werner Müller Professor of Politics Alan Patten Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Politics; Director, Program in Political Philosophy
Leora Batnitzky Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies; Professor of Religion. Chair of the Department of Religion
Philip Pettit Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values
Angus Deaton Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs; Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School Paul DiMaggio A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Social Organization Mitchell Duneier Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology
Faculty Associates Elizabeth Armstrong Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School
Kim Lane Scheppele Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values
João Biehl Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology; Co-Director of the Program in Global Health and Health Policy
Susan Fiske Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology; Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Daniel Garber Stuart Professor of Philosophy; Chair of the Department of Philosophy Sophie Gee Associate Professor of English Robert George McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Professor of Politics; Parliamentarian; Director, James Madison Program
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Ilyana Kuziemko Professor of Economics; Co-Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing David Leheny Henry Wendt III â€™55 Professor of East Asian Studies
Eddie Glaude Jr.
Eddie Glaude Jr. William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies; Chair, Center for African American Studies; Director, Program in African American Studies Gilbert Harman James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy Hendrik Hartog Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty; Professor of History Mark Johnston Walter Cerf *41 Professor of Philosophy Thomas Kelly Associate Professor of Philosophy Robert Keohane Professor of Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School Joshua Kotin Assistant Professor of English
Thomas Leonard Research Scholar, Council of the Humanities; Lecturer in Economics Sarah-Jane Leslie Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy; Director, Program in Linguistics; Director, Program in Cognitive Science Douglas Massey Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School; Director, Office of Population Research; Director, Program in Population Studies; Director, Program in Urban Studies Sarah McGrath Assistant Professor of Philosophy Alexander Nehamas Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature Guy Nordenson Professor of Architecture
Serguei Oushakine Associate Professor of Anthropology and Slavic Languages and Literatures; Director, Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies Deborah Prentice Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs; Dean of the Faculty Gideon Rosen Stuart Professor of Philosophy
Harold T. Shapiro President of the University Emeritus; Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School Jeffrey Stout Professor of Religion Robert Wuthnow Gerhard R. Andlinger â€™52 Professor of Social Sciences; Professor of Sociology; Director, Center for the Study of Religion
Jeff Nunokawa Professor of English; Head of Rockefeller College 39
ANNUAL REVIEW 2015-2016
UCHV faculty and the 2015-16 Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows and Visiting Professor of Distinguished Teaching
Advisory Council Danielle Allen ’93 Professor, Department of Government and Graduate School of Education; and Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University Eric Beerbohm *08 Frederick S. Danzinger Professor of Government and Social Studies; and Director, Edmond J. Safra Fellowships in Ethics, Harvard University Ezekiel Emanuel Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor; Vice Provost for Global Initiatives; and Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Bert Kerstetter ’66 President, Everfast, Inc. Katherine Marshall ’69 Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and 40
Staff World Affairs; Professor of the Practice of Development, Conflict, and Religion in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Mark Rockefeller ’89 Founder and CEO, Rockefeller Consulting; Vice Chairman, Rockefeller Financial Debra Satz Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts, and Faculty Director, Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University Dennis F. Thompson Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy, Emeritus, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Charles Beitz Director, University Center for Human Values; Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics Anna Stilz Director, Program in Values and Public Life; Associate Professor of Politics Maureen Killeen Assistant Director Femke de Ruyter Program Coordinator Susan Winters Administrative Assistant Kimberly Girman Staff Assistant Andrew Perhac Computer Support Specialist
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