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7th Annual McDowell Conference
Fall 1996 Program


Friday, November 8, 1996
Ward Circle Building, Room 1
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm


1:00 pm - 3:15 pm Session I:

“Opening Remarks: Liberty and Welfare"
Jeffrey Reiman, William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy, American University

“The Case for Unconditional Basic Income”
Kai Nielsen, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Calgary

“The Nature of Charity: Coercion vs. the Civil Society "
Michael Tanner, Director of Health and Welfare Studies, Cato Institute

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Coffee and Donuts

3:45 pm - 6:00 pm Session II:

“From Liberty to Universal Welfare”
James Sterba, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

“Multiculturalism, the State and Welfare”
Bernard Boxhill, Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina

“In the Age of Anger: Feminist Approaches to Welfare”
Barbara Koziak, Assistant Professor of Government, American University



Jeffrey Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy at American University in Washington D.C. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942. He received his B. A. in Philosophy from Queen College in 1963, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University in 1968. He was a Fulbright Scholar in India during 1966-1967. He joined American University faculty in 1970, in the Center for the Administration of Justice (now called the Department of Justice, Law and Society of the School of Public Affairs). After several years of holding a joint appointment in the Justice program and the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Dr. Reiman joined the Department of Philosophy and Religion full-time in 1988, becoming Director of the Master's Program in Philosophy and Social Policy. He was named William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy in 1990. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and president of the American University Phi Beta Kappa chapter. He is the author of Critical Moral Liberalism: Theory and Practice (forthcoming 1997); The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice, 4th edition (1995); Justice and Modern Moral Philosophy (1990); In Defense of Political Philosophy (1972); and more than fifty articles in philosophy and criminal journals and anthologies.

Kai Nielsen is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Calgary and is presently Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University. He previously taught at New York University and Amherst College. He is a past president of the Canadian Philosophy Association, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. His most recent book is Naturalism Without Foundations, due to appear November 1997.

Michael Tanneris Director of Health and Welfare Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D. C. Before joining Cato, he served as director of research for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation of Atlanta. Tanner also spent five years as legislative director with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he specialized in health and welfare issues. In addition to his work at Cato, Mr. Tanner is an adjunct scholar with The Mackinac Institute in Michigan and the Alabama Family Alliance. He is also contributing editor to Intellectual Ammunition magazine. Tanner is the author of The End of Welfare: Fighting Poverty in the Civil Society (1996), an examination of failed liberal and conservative welfare reform efforts.

James Sterbareceived his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches ethics and political philosophy. He has written more than 130 articles and published 15 books, most recently Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (1994), Morality and Social Justice (1994), Earth Ethics (1994), and Morality in Practice, 5th edition (1995). He is past president of the North American Society for Social Philosophy, past president of Concerned Philosophers for Peace, and the past president of the International Society for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (American Section), and he has lectured widely in the United States and Europe.

Bernard Boxhillreceived his Ph.D. in Philosophy from UCLA in 1971. He teaches philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the author of Blacks and Social Justice and numerous articles in social and political philosophy.

Barbara Koziak, Assistant Professor of Government at American University, received her Ph.D. in 1994 from Yale University. Her interests are in ancient political philosophy and feminist political theory. She is the author of the forthcoming "Tragedy, Citizens and Strangers: the Configuration of Aristotelian Political Emotion" in Feminist Interpretations of Aristotle, ed. Cynthia Freeland, and is completing a book length work, Retrieving Political Emotion, on the history of the Greek psychological concept of thumos and its relevance to constructing a modern theory of political emotion.