On Jan 26, the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom will host David Hoekema, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College. His talk is entitled "What Does 'Freedom' Mean In Development Ethics?" (Abstract below.)
Thursday, Jan 26, 12:30-1:45pm, in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center, Marshall 280 (right above Paradise Bakery). Feel free to bring lunch.
For further information, please visit the Arizona Freedom Center at http://freedomcenter.arizona.edu/colloquium
"What Does 'Freedom' Mean In Development Ethics?"
In the emerging field of development ethics, promotion of freedom is a central them, but it is construed in very different ways. In this exploratory presentation, I will outline three accounts of what freedom means in international development: promotion of individual economic initiative as articulated by economist Jean-Pierre Chaffour; communitarian socialism as advocated by statesmen Julius Nyerere; and the "capability theory" of freedom of expanision of available choices proposed by economist and philosopher Amartya Sen. As a test case for these competing theories I will recount the history of a specific situation in which the competing values of individual and communal freedom were put to the test: the resolution of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, which is the subject of a research project I have recently completed.