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Public Lecture: Professor David Schmidtz Discusses Poverty and Famine

UMD’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy is sponsoring a public lecture by Professor David Schmidtz (University of Arizona) titled "After Solipsism." He will discuss the best approach to help those in poverty. Moreover, he will provide a critique of Peter Singer’s classic arguments regarding famine relief.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 10 from 5 pm–7 pm at UMD’s Montague Hall, Room 80. This event is free and open to the public.

This lecture is funded by the Institute for Humane Studies.

For more information about this event and the Center for Ethics and Public Policy, see

David Schmidtz, Kendrick Professor at the University of Arizona, teaches in Philosophy and in Economics and holds a courtesy appointment in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at Eller College of Management. He is editor of Social Philosophy & Policy and is the Freedom Center's founding director. He is the author of Person, Polis, Planet (Oxford University Press, 2008), The Elements of Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2006), A Brief History of Liberty, with Jason Brennan (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Social Welfare & Individual Responsibility, with Robert Goodin (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Rational Choice and Moral Agency (Princeton University Press, 1996), and The Limits of Government: An Essay on the Public Goods Argument (Westview, 1991)

Some of Schmidtz’s (40+) articles have appeared in EthicsJournal of PhilosophyPhilosophical ReviewSocial Philosophy and PolicyNousJournal of Applied PhilosophyCanadian Journal of PhilosophyErkenntnis, and Public Choice.

September 2015

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