Money and Democracy
The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics welcomes scholars, students, and creative thinkers to the Midwest Ethics Symposium on April 13-14, 2023. Join us for two days of presentations and discussions on the theme of democracy and money.
This year’s keynote speaker is Emma Saunders-Hastings, assistant professor of political science at the Ohio State University and author of Private Virtues, Public Vices: Philanthropy and Democratic Equality.
About the Keynote Speaker
Our keynote speaker for this event is Emma Saunders-Hastings, a political theorist whose research focuses on political, economic, and social inequality. Her keynote talk, “Rethinking Dirty Money” will begin at 4:45 p.m. in the Prindle Institute auditorium. The talk will be preceded by a reception with refreshments at 4:00 p.m. Shuttle service from the Union Building to the Prindle Institute will run from 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Saunders-Hastings’s book Private Virtues, Public Vices: Philanthropy and Democratic Equality links philanthropy to moral and political concerns about paternalism and unequal political influence. She discusses the book on the Examining Ethics podcast.
April 13, 2023: Opening Reception and Keynote Talk
3:45-4:15 p.m. – Shuttle service from the Union Building to the Prindle Institute
4:00-4:45 p.m. – Reception with refreshments
4:45-6:00 p.m. – Keynote talk with audience Q&A, “Rethinking Dirty Money” by Emma Saunders-Hastings
6:00-6:30 p.m. – Shuttle service back to campus
April 14, 2023: Invited Talks
9:00-10:15 a.m. – Angela Barnes (Arizona State), “Self-nudging and Consent for Paternalistic Behavioral Interventions” – Commentator: Eli Schantz (Indiana University)
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Joel Ballivian (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “Effective Altruism or Effective Reparations? EA’s Strained Relationship with Reparative Justice” – Commentator: Cole James (Bowling Green State University)
12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (open to the public)
1:00-2:15 p.m. – Ricky Mouser (Indiana University), “Mutual Aid is More Effective Altruism” – Commentator: Rich Cameron (DePauw University)
2:30-3:45 p.m. – Andrew Lynn (University of Virginia), “The Costs of Self-Rewarding Virtue: A Critical Assessment of the “Business Case” for Socially Responsible Business” – Commentator: Toshiaki Hiromitsu (Japanese Embassy)
4:00-5:00 p.m. – DePauw University undergraduate session – Bodhi Hays (DePauw University) “Myth Over Method: Popular Criticism of Effective Altruism” – Chair: Sarah Das (DePauw University) – Commentator: Ellie Harris (DePauw University)
About the Speakers
Ricky Mouser, “Mutual Aid is More Effective Altruism”
Ricky Mouser is a PhD student at Indiana University who primarilys work in ethics and moral philosophy. His dissertation focuses on questions about well-being. He also has interests in aesthetics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of language, games, and sports.
Angela Barnes, “Self-nudging and Consent for Paternalistic Behavioral Interventions”
Angela Barnes is a PhD student at Arizona State working at the intersection of Philosophy of Wellbeing, Behavioral Economics, and Technology Ethics. She is currently working on a series of projects regarding modeling preferences that aren’t revealed through choice. She is also the founding director of ASU’s High School Philosophy Summer Camp.
Joel Ballivian, “Effective Altruism or Effective Reparations? EA’s Strained Relationship with Reparative Justice”
Joel is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Outside of research, he enjoys cheap pizza, the gym, cooking, being mediocre at soccer, and creating opportunities for his students to get hooked on reparationist literature (such as Darity and Mullen’s recent book, From Here to Equality).
Andrew Lynn, “The Costs of Self-Rewarding Virtue: A Critical Assessment of the “Business Case” for Socially Responsible Business”
Andrew Lynn is a Research Scholar and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He received a PhD in Sociology at UVA and currently researches and writes at the intersection of organizational theory, ethics, and social theory.