MSU Denver Calendar Event
Event Name: Exploring Economic Freedom: The Illusion of Authority
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Location: Tivoli Multicultural Lounge
Event Status: Passed
Category: Campus Wide Events
Description: The first installment of the Spring 2013 Exploring Economic Freedom event will be presented by Dr. Michael Huemer of the University of Colorado. Why do 535 people in Washington have the right to issue commands to 300 million others, most of whom have never met them? And why should the 300 million obey those orders? Philosophical theories of "political authority" aim to answer this sort of question. This lecture will review some of the reasons for thinking that all such theories fail, and thus that in fact, no government has ever possessed legitimate authority. Also discussed will be the reasons for the widespread illusion of authority, and the practical implications for individuals and government employees of relinquishing that illusion. Dr. Huemer is a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of more than 50 academic articles in ethics, epistemology, political philosophy, and metaphysics, as well as three brilliant and fascinating books that everyone should buy: Skepticism and the Veil of Perception (2001), Ethical Intuitionism (2005), and The Problem of Political Authority (2013). Dinner and beverages will be served.
Start Time: 05:30pm
End Time: 06:45pm
Contact: Event Coordinator
Reservation: This event is not utilizing event reservations and is open to all.