Philosopher Thomas Pogge Nov. 3 on Ethics, Poverty

Author, speaker, and philosopher Thomas Pogge, Columbia University professor who has taught graduate classes in moral and political philosophy, global justice, philosophy and economics, Kant, human rights, and professional ethics, will visit the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on Thursday, Nov. 3 to discuss “World Poverty: Explanations and Responsibilities.” The public portion of the program begins at 6:45 p.m.; seating is free, on a first-come basis.

Pogge, who serves as editor for social and political philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, has published four books including the recent Freedom from Poverty as a Human Rights, and has written nearly 80 essays and reviews addressing the persistence of severe poverty, and the obligations of affluent countries to assist the poor.

Pogge has been teaching moral and political philosophy and Kant at Columbia since earning his master’s and doctorate degrees at Harvard University. In addition to his many publications, he has given more than 250 lectures in 23 countries, and is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science. Pogge also has received numerous grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Princeton Center for Human Values, the Oslo Centre for Advanced Study, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Princeton Institute of Advanced Study, and All Souls College.

Pogge’s visit is he is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the philosophy and religious studies department.

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