WHEELING - Mark Lance, Ph.D., professor of Philosophy and Justice and Peace will present a public lecture titled “Commodification Incarnate: What capitalism has made of us, and the potential for change” Thursday, April 25 on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.
Lance will sketch some morally problematic aspects of the ways that we have constructed one another under the regime of capitalism and conclude with some tentative thoughts on what it would take to change these social conditions.
The 7 p.m. program is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series presented annually by Wheeling Jesuit's Institute for the Study of Capitalism and Morality (ISCM) and will take place in the National Technology Transfer Center auditorium.
According to Darin McGinnis, assistant professor of Philosophy, “WJU is honored to host Professor Lance. He is a rare scholar who successfully combines philosophical research of the highest caliber with a practically effective advocacy for social justice."
Lance is the author of two books: The Grammar of Meaning (with John Hawthorne, Cambridge University Press) and 'Yo!' and 'Lo!': The Pragmatic Topography of the Space of Reasons (with Rebecca Kukla, Harvard University Press. He also has edited three collections and about 40 articles on such diverse areas of philosophy as metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, logic, foundations of mathematics, ethics, and political philosophy. His articles have appeared in such journals as Philosophical Review, Ethics, The Journal of Philosophical Logic, Philosophical Studies, and Nous. He has lectured at more than 100 universities and colleges, the United Nations, as well as talked more than 250 activist organizations and events.
Founded in the spring of 2006 as a result of a gift from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, the ISCM is dedicated to an examination of capitalism and a free society. It supports the growth and development of teaching and research while establishing a forum for differing opinions to promote an appreciation of the concept, operation and effects of a Capitalistic system by engaging students and the community in activities designed to stimulate discussion of these important topics. For more information, please visit, www.wju.edu/academics/bus/iscm/ or call 304-243-2087.