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Kit Wellman, CEPA Public Lecture

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Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis

Procedural Rights


Uptown Campus
Rogers Memorial Chapel

Event Details

Open to the public

Admission: Free

Event Type: Ethics and Public Affairs Lectures

Sponsored By: Murphy Institute , Center for Ethics and Public Affairs

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Abstract provided by Professor Wellman: “I will argue that, absent special circumstances, there are no moral, judicial procedural rights. First I contend that punishing a criminal without first establishing her guilt via a fair trial does not necessarily violate her rights. Next I respond to a number of possible objections. And if time permits, I will consider the implications of my arguments for the human right to due process.”

About the Speaker

Kit Wellman is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. He specializes in political and legal philosophy and has also published work in moral philosophy and applied ethics. He is the author of five books, including, most recently, Liberal Rights and Responsibilities: Essays on Citizenship and Sovereignty (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has also published two edited volumes and numerous scholarly articles which have appeared in top journals inlcluding Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Law and Philosophy, and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. Professor Wellman received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1994.

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.