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Philosopher Cheshire Calhoun to visit DePauw March 8

Feminist philosopher Cheshire Calhoun, who teaches at Arizona State University, will be giving a talk on Thursday March 8 on the topic "Who's Afraid of Polygamous Marriage?" on Thursday March 8 at 4:15 pm, in the Watson Forum room (CCM). 

Professor Calhoun is well-known for her work in the areas of normative ethics, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and lesbian and gay studies. Her publications include "Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet" (Oxford, 2000), two editedcollections, "What is an Emotion?" (coedited with Robert C. Solomon, Oxford, 1984), "Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers" (Oxford, 2004), and essays on forgiveness, integrity, shame, common decency, and civility. She has been particularly interested in arguments for same-sex marriage rights in the U.S. Her most recent work centers on the temporal nature of agency and the necessary background conditions for taking an interest in one's own agency. That work includes essays on depression and demoralization, meaning in life, hope, and commitment. Two of her essays were judged by The Philosopher's Annual to be among the top ten essays to appear in print, "Changing One's Heart," in 1992 and "The Virtue of Civility,", in 2000. 

Professor Calhoun's visit is sponsored by the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and is open to the public. For more information, contact Claudia Mills,