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Shelly Kagan is the Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and the former Henry R. Luce Professor of Social Thought and Ethics. Originally a native of Skokie, Illinois, he received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1982. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Illinois at Chicago before coming to Yale. Yale redirects here. ... Henry Robinson Luce (April 3, 1898 - February 28, 1967) was an influential American publisher. ... Incorporated Village in 1888. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Wesleyan University founded in 1831, is a private, liberal arts university in Middletown, Connecticut. ... Princeton University is a coeducational private university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ... The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public, state-supported research university. ...


According to an article in the Yale Bulletin and Calendar, his The Limits of Morality "critiques so-called ordinary morality; the view that there are limits to what morality can impose on humans; and defends the doctrine of classical utilitarianism, which holds that people are morally obliged, without limit, to do as much good as they can." His Normative Ethics "examines how to judge the rightness or wrongness of actions, exploring such factors as consequences, harm and consent." Morality refers to the concept of human ethics which pertains to matters of good and evil —also referred to as right or wrong, used within three contexts: individual conscience; systems of principles and judgments — sometimes called moral values —shared within a cultural, religious, secular, Humanist, or philosophical community; and codes... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Consent (as a term of jurisprudence) is a possible justification against civil or criminal liability. ...


Kagan is currently exploring the concept of desert which is a philosophical concept of what individuals do or do not deserve. He is working on a book called The Geometry of Desert to be published in the future. Kagan is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Ethics.


Books

  • Normative Ethics, Westview Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8133-0846-1.
  • The Limits of Morality, Oxford University Press, 1989. ISBN 0-19-823916-5.

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References

  • Biography at Yale retrieved February 3, 2005
  • "Shelly Kagan named Clark Professor of Philosophy", Yale Bulletin and Calendar, July 23, 2004, Volume 32, Number 33 retrieved February 3, 2005

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Shelly Kagan - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (276 words)
Shelly Kagan is the Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and the former Henry R. Luce Professor of Social Thought and Ethics.
Kagan is currently exploring the concept of desert which is a philosophical concept of what individuals do or do not deserve.
Kagan is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Ethics.
Yale Bulletin and Calendar (464 words)
Shelly Kagan, the newly named Clark Professor of Philosophy, is a noted scholar of moral philosophy, ethics, and social and political philosophy.
In the former, Kagan critiques so-called "ordinary morality" -- the view that there are limits to what morality can impose on humans -- and defends the doctrine of classical utilitarianism, which holds that people are morally obliged, without limit, to do as much good as they can.
Kagan holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University.
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