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KU Celebrates World Philosophy Day with Lecture by Columbia University Professor

October 25, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Philosophy Department celebrates the third annual World Philosophy Day with a lecture by Dr. Michele Moody-Adams, the Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. in Academic Forum room 200.

Moody-Adam's presentation, entitled "Cultural Diversity, Globalization and the Future of Democratic Citizenship," explores how a morally defensible conception of citizenship can steer a constructive middle course between the opposing paradigms of greater ‘differentiation' of national identities and the ‘denationalization' of democratic political practices.

Moody-Adams has also taught at Cornell University, Indiana University, the University of Rochester, and Wellesley College. She has published broadly in ethics, political philosophy and the history of philosophy, and is the author of a widely cited book on moral relativism and moral objectivity, "Fieldwork in Familiar Places: Morality, Culture and Philosophy." Currently, she is working on a series of interrelated topics in democratic theory, and completing a book length project on the moral demands that history makes through calls for reparations, reconciliation, national apologies and forgiveness.

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