Social and Global Peace: Does Philosophy Have Anything to Contribute?


October 17, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ramsay Wright Laboratories

25 Harbord Street, Room 110 Toronto, ON M5S 3G5

416 978-3606

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Science for Peace


    Steven Pinker claims to detect and explain long term trends towards a more peaceful world. Of central importance to his argument are the universalist values that emerged during the Enlightenment: human rights, moral equality, and the use of evidence and reason (as opposed to culture and superstition) to support public policy and international relations. The paper will accept, for the sake of argument, that the long-term trend towards peace that Pinker’s statistics find. However, it will argue that peace is not the necessary outcome of liberal humanism.


    Jeff Noonan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Windsor. While his interests have always been broad and interdisciplinary, his areas of specialization are in Social and Political Philosophy, Critical Theory, and Contemporary European Philosophy. His current book project is examining the existential dimensions of human finitude, defending the life value of human limitations against a naive and potentially destructive technotopianism. He also maintains an active blog at

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