Bernd Magnus Memorial Conference Feb. 12-13

Philosophy conference to explore issues in ethics, public policy and Nietzsche Studies

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The Bernd Magnus Memorial Conference will be held Feb. 12-13.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The UC Riverside Department of Philosophy presents the Bernd Magnus Memorial Conference Feb. 12-13, an event that will explore issues in ethics and public policy, as well as topics related to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

The two-day conference begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, and is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus. Lectures on Friday, Feb. 12, will be held in Humanities 1500. Events on Saturday, Feb. 13, will be held in College Building South 114.

Speakers include:

Friday, Feb. 12 – Ethics and Public Policy

1 p.m. – “The Concept of Brain Death: A Perspectivist Approach,” David Magnus, Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University, and professor of pediatrics and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

3 p.m. – “A Progressive Path Through the Paris Climate Agreement,” Andrew Light, senior climate change advisor to the U.S. Department of State, and University Professor and director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University. Light attended the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference as part of the U.S. State Department Negotiating Team.

Saturday, Feb. 13 – Nietzsche-related topics

10 a.m. – “Redemption, Palliation, and Endurance: Three Modes of Self-Narration,” Joshua Landy, Andrew B. Hammond Professor in French Language, Literature and Civilization, professor of comparative literature and co-director of the Literature and Philosophy Initiative at Stanford University

1 p.m. – “Unfulfillable Ideals and Self-Consuming Concepts,” Kathleen Higgins, professor of philosophy at University of Texas at Austin

3:30 p.m. – “Nietzsche, Truth and ‘The Falsification Thesis’,” Alexander Nehamas, Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, professor of philosophy and professor of comparative literature at Princeton University

The conference is in honor of Bernd Magnus, a longtime member of the UCR Department of Philosophy who died in 2014. Magnus, a Holocaust survivor, was a leading scholar of Friedrich Nietzsche and an internationally recognized expert on 19th and 20th century European philosophy. He was also the founding director of UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society.

Co-sponsoring the event are the UCR Center for Ideas and Society and the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

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