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Dr. Dorota Mokrosinska to Discuss “Why Not Anarchism?” at American University Lecture

WHO:     Dr. Dorota Mokrosinska, of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

WHAT:    “Why Not Anarchism?” a lecture sponsored by American University’s Department of Philosophy & Religion

WHEN:  2:10–3:25pm. Thursday, January 21, 2010

WHERE:    American University, Butler Board Room 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

DETAILS:    Interested media contact Maralee Csellar, American University’s University Communications Office, at 202-885-5952 or

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 20, 2010) – Dr. Dorota Mokrosinska’s “Why Not Anarchism?” speech at American University on January 21 will examine powerful cases in modern literature concerning the moral standards of complying with the law.  The lecture will examine the meaning of the “state,” and what kind of authority can be derived from that term.  How much authority can be claimed by a state? And do its citizens have a moral obligation to follow the state’s laws?  

A visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dr. Dorota Mokrosinska recently received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands with a dissertation called Political Obligation.  Since March of 2009, Dr. Mokrosinska has been conducting research on the value of privacy and will conclude this project this month.    

American University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion explores the nature of the real world, the basis of human values, and foundations of reason. Students approach these issues through study of both historical literature and contemporary developments and then continue their education by interning at national offices and centers for religion located within the Washington Metropolitan Region.   

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.