September 28, 2010


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Virginia Held will give the talk, "Morality, Care and International Law," on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the university's ongoing Roy Wood Sellars Lecture series.

"Professor Held is a noted expert on feminist philosophy and the implications of feminist thinking on morality, politics and law," said Sheila Lintott, assistant professor of philosophy at Bucknell. "Held will discuss her version of the ethics of care, a distinctly feminist moral theory that alters the foci and processes of morality both locally and globally, and its implications on international law and policy."

Distinguished philosopher
Held is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she has taught since 1969. She also has held visiting professorships at UCLA, Hamilton College and Dartmouth University and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University Law School.

Held was awarded the annual Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award by the Society for Women in Philosophy in 1992 and the James Wilbur Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Appreciation and Advancement of Human Values by the Conference on Value Inquiry in 2003. She is a past president of the eastern division of the American Philosophical Association (2001-02) and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences

She graduated from Barnard College, earned her doctorate from Columbia University in 1968, and studied at the University of Paris and the University of Strasbourg.

Held has studied and written extensively on issues in social and political philosophy, ethics, feminist philosophy, limits on markets and group responsibility. She has authored a number of books, including How Terrorism Is Wrong: Morality and Political Violence (Oxford, 2008); The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, and Global (Oxford, 2005), Feminist Morality: Transforming Culture, Society, and Politics (University of Chicago, 1993), and Rights and Goods: Justifying Social Action (University of Chicago Press, 1989). She also has written many articles and edited volumes and special issues of academic journals on these topics.

Sellars Lectureship
The Roy Wood Sellars Lectureship was established in 1971 to celebrate both Roy Wood Sellars and W. Preston Warren. Professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, Sellars was instrumental in founding the Realist Movement in American philosophy.

For many years chair of the philosophy department at Bucknell, Warren was the author or editor of a number of papers and books on Sellars' philosophy. The first Sellars Lecture was given by Preston Warren, and the second by Wilfrid Sellars (with his father in attendance).

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