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Philosophy & Religion |  Bishop Hurst Lecture Series

39th Annual Bishop Hurst Lecture
Spring 1998 Brochure

Dr. Hugo Adam Bedau

Anarchical Fallacies or Utilitarian Fantasies: Bentham's Critique of Human Rights

Friday, April 24, 1998
Bentley Lounge, Gray Hall
3:00 pm

Hugo Adam Bedau is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. He is co-author of Current Issues and Enduring Questions (4th edition, 1996); co-author of Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing (2nd edition, 1996); co-author of In Spite of Innocence (1992); editor of Civil Disobedience in Focus (1991); author of Death is Different (1987) and The Death Penalty in America (4th ed., 1997); and contributor to many other volumes. His Romanell - Phi Beta Kappa lectures, delivered at Tufts in the spring of 1995, were published by Oxford University Press under the title Making Mortal Choices. He has recently been the chairman of the board of National Coalition Against the Death Penalty; and member of the board of American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. After graduation from high school in San Francisco in 1944, he entered naval officer training at the University of Southern California. Two years later, and a civilian once again, he transferred to the only college in the nation an hour's drive from Palm Springs, Lake Arrowhead, and Laguna Beach--the University of Redlands, where on bitter winter nights he tended the smudge pots to save the orange groves and to earn some pocket money. Graduating in 1949, he pursued graduate work at Boston University and then at Harvard. Before joining the Tufts faculty, he taught at Dartmouth, Princeton, and Reed. His early interest in echt philosophy has been replaced by a concentration on issues in political and legal philosophy.

A father of four and grandfather of four, he gets away from his home in Concord at the first opportunity for canoeing on the local rivers or swimming in Walden Pond every summer--except when good fortune permits a vacation of extended hiking in Oregon, France, Germany, or the Swiss Alps.