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9th Annual McDowell Conference
Fall 1998 Program


Friday, November 6, 1998
Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, 6th floor
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm


1:00 pm - 3:15 pm Session I:

“Opening Remarks: The Reality of Rights"
Jeffrey Reiman, William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy, American University

“Are There Any Human Rights?”
Alan Gewirth, Waller Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago

“Human Rights, Cultural Minorities, and Women"
Marilyn Friedman, Professor of Philosophy, Washington University of St. Louis

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Coffee and Donuts

3:45 pm - 6:00 pm Session II:

“A Feminist Critique of Cultural Arguments”
Uma Narayan, Professor of Philosophy, Vassar College

“Identity, Community, and Third-Generation Human Rights ”
Michael Salla, Professor of International Service, American University

“International Human Rights and the Traffic in Women”
Lucinda Peach, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, American University.


Marilyn Friedman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. Her areas of special interest are ethics, social philosophy, and feminist theory. She is the author of What Are Friends For? Feminist Perspectives on Personal Relationships and Moral Theory, the co-author of Political Correctness: For & Against, and the co-editor of two books: Feminism and Community and Mind and Morals: Essays on Ethics and Cognitive Science. She is currently at work on a book-length manuscript entitled Autonomy and Gender in Love and Politics.

Alan Gewirth is Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Reason and Morality, The Community of Rights, Human Rights: Essays on Justification and Applications, and, most recently, Self-Fulfillment, as well as numerous articles in philosophy journals.

Uma Narayan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College. Her book, Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Third World Feminism (Routledge, 1997), was recently awarded the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Prize for the best book on women and politics for 1997. She has co-edited (with Mary Shanley) a volume entitled Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives (Penn State Press 1997) and just recently co-edited a double-volume Special Issue of the journal Hypatia with Sandra Harding.

Lucinda Joy Peach, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University, received a Ph.D. in ethics from the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University. She also has a J. D. from New York University School of Law. Professor Peach has written on the relationship of gender and violence, on the ethics of women in military combat, on feminist perspectives on just war theory, on the relationship of law and virtue, abortion and ethics, gender ideology in law and religion, and research ethics. She recently edited an anthology of essays in women's studies entitled Women in Culture (Blackwell 1998). She is currently developing a critical feminist analysis of the movement for women's rights a human rights.

Jeffrey Reiman is William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy at American University. He is the author of six books: In Defense of Political Philosophy (1972), Justice and Modern Moral Philosophy (1990), Critical Moral Liberalism: Theory and Practice (1997), The Rich Get Rich and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice, 5th edition (1998), The Death Penalty: For and Against (co-authored with Louis P. Pojman) (1998), Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life (forthcoming), and more than sixty articles in philosophy and criminal justice and anthologies.

Henry Rosemont, Jr. is George B. and Wilma Reeves Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts at St. Mary's College in Maryland, Senior Consulting Professor At Fudan University, and Professorial Lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of A Chinese Mirror (1991) and the forthcoming A Confucian Alternative (1999) and over 50 articles in scholarly journals and anthologies. He has edited and/or translated seven other works, mot recently, with Roger T. Ames, a translation of The Analects of Confucius.

Michael Salla is a Professor in the School of International Service at American University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is the author of Islamic Radicalism, Muslim Nations and the WEst; and co-editor of Why the Cold Ward Ended and Essays on Peace: Paradigms for a New World Order. His research interests include peace and conflict studies, religious nationalism, the politics of nonviolent action; and East Timor and Kosovo. He has published over sixty articles, chapters and book reviews in these areas.