SUNY Oswego’s 17th annual Warren Steinkraus Lecture will feature Dr. Henry Shue of the University of Oxford on Oct. 2 at Sheldon Hall. The lecture, “Superpower Accountability,” will focus on politics and the responsibility of a superpower.
Shue is “a scholar of the highest caliber” said the event’s opening speaker, Dr. Robert Card, assistant professor of philosophy at Oswego. “His work is very applied. It is meant to help us address and understand some of the questions about economic inequality, basic needs of human beings and some of the deepest questions in the workings of world affairs and politics.”
Shue is a well-known philosopher who has written numerous books and has been invited to many international conferences. “I include his work in some of the courses I teach. His work has been incredibly influential. Everyone in our field as well as other fields, such as political science and economics, knows his name and knows that he is someone who’s bound to give a good talk,” Card said.
At Oxford, Shue teaches politics and international relations. His books include “Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy” and “Nuclear Deterrence and Moral Restraint: Critical Choices for American Strategy.”
He received his doctorate from Princeton University and in 1987 he began teaching at Cornell University. He is a founding member of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland.
The Warren Steinkraus Lecture Series was founded in honor of the late SUNY Oswego philosophy Professor Warren Steinkraus, who retired in 1987. For the past 16 years the Warren Steinkraus Lecture has championed the ideals that he held valuable: social justice, equality and peace. Philosophers of international distinction have spoken.
Card said the Warren Steinkraus Lecture Series has long been considered the main philosophy event on campus, bringing in faculty and students from SUNY Oswego and other universities.
The Oswego professor said he thinks that people can learn about public policy by attending this year’s event. “I can’t think of a more meaningful topic right now. People are talking about the situation in Iraq and our involvement there and the call for including members of the international community,” Card said. “Philosophy examines those very fundamental questions that underlie and sometimes are neglected in politics.”
Admission is free. The event will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the east conference room of Sheldon Hall. Card will give opening remarks at 2:30 p.m. At 2:35 p.m., Shue will give the lecture and afterwards field questions from the audience.
The lecture is made possible by the philosophy department, Friends of the Lecture Series, and the College of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Oswego.
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(Posted: Sep 21, 2004)