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Arete High School Summer Seminar in Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion

July 9-14, 2019 | Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
a seminar to intellectually prepare high school students for college

 

Arete High School Seminar 2019The “Arete Summer Seminar in Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion at Duke University” will aim to prepare high school students with a “tool kit” for approaching these subjects in college, offering them a roadmap of sorts. Plato and Aristotle will be primary interlocutors along with a number of other great minds. The seminar will examine the meaning of virtue, the substance of human nature, the question of human flourishing, the metaphysics of reality, and the nature of “truth.” Students will also discuss the ideas of natural law, the relationship between philosophy and theology, and the relationship between science and religion. These topics will be taken up in the context of assigned literature, works of theology, and some readings from modern analytic philosophers. Students will receive a reading packet by mail prior to the seminar and will be expected to have read the material beforehand.

 

Faculty

John Rose, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Thomas Pfau, Professor of English at Duke
Jed Atkins, Professor of Classics at Duke
Warren Smith, Professor of Theology at Duke

Eligibility

This seminar is open to current high school students entering their junior or senior years.

Registration Fee and Facilities

There is no fee associated with applying or attending. Students will be housed in Duke dormitories and provided with meal cards.

Application Requirements and Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following forms and documents via e-mail to john.rose@duke.edu.

  • A one-page cover letter explaining why they wish to attend the seminar
  • Copies of high school transcripts
  • A 400-word essay in response to Meno’s question, “Can Virture be Taught?”

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 26th, 2019.

 

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Arete Medical Ethics Summer Seminar

June 24 – June 28, 2019 | Duke University, North Carolina
a seminar for students of medicine and nursing

 

Medical Ethics Summer 2019This seminar invites students to examine the central ethical questions that arise in the everyday practice of medicine and to interpret those questions through a moral framework drawing from both natural law and medicine’s traditional orientation toward the patient’s health. This framework will be contrasted with principlism and consequentialism as participants consider what sort of practice medicine is, whether it has a rational end or goal, and how medicine contributes to human flourishing.

The seminar will consider common clinical ethical cases to examine perennial ethical concerns that arise in the practice of medicine, including: the nature of the clinician-patient relationship; the limits of medicine, the meaning of autonomy, the place of conscience in the physician’s work, the difference between an intended effect and a side effect, proportionality, human dignity, sexuality and reproduction, the beginning of life, disability, end-of-life care, and death. The purpose of the seminar is to equip participants with intellectual tools that can help physicians discern how to practice medicine well in the face of medicine’s clinical challenges and moral complexities.

Faculty

Farr Curlin, MD, Duke University
Christopher Tollefsen, PhD, University of South Carolina

Eligibility

This seminar is open to entering and current medical students, as well as nursing students

Registration Fee and Facilities

There is no registration fee for accepted students. All other expenses, including room and board for the duration of the seminar, are covered by the Arete Initiative.

Application Requirements and Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following forms and documents via e-mail to john.rose@duke.edu.

  • Curriculum vitae or resume, including your nationality.
  • Cover letter discussing the reasons for your interest in the seminar, an overview of any relevant experience in the seminar’s topic. Please explain how you found out about the seminar.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 26th, 2019.

 

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“Sexual Selection, Agency, and the Reasonableness of Beauty” – Daniel Pedersen, University of Exeter

In a discussion of the role that beauty plays in the selection of mates by non-human females, Dr. Daniel Pedersen (Exeter) will offer an alternative to the two dominant answers to this question—the “adaptationist: and the “aesthetic view.” The first claims the beauty is simply marker of fitness. The second affirms the non-adaptive role of beauty but, according to the speaker, cannot offer a coherent model of rational female agency, complete with final causes. Professor Alex Rosenberg (Duke) will offer a response. Lunch will be provided.