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November 03, 2004

Minority rights, legislating morals to be discussed at U of G conference

The University of Guelph is hosting an international conference on social and political philosophy Nov. 13 and 14. Political philosophers, law professors and scholars from across North America will discuss issues such as minority rights and whether morals should be legislated.

“The aim of this interdisciplinary gathering is to promote a critical exchange in political philosophy that will produce concrete insight usable for policy-making,” said U of G philosophy professor John Russon.

The conference features four keynote speakers and several panel discussions. On Nov. 13, Queen’s University philosophy professor Will Kymlicka will speak on “The Internationalization of Multiculturalism” at 9:15 a.m and Columbia University political science professor Jeremy Waldron will address “Status Versus Equality: The Accommodation of Difference” at 1 p.m.

On Nov. 14, University of Victoria political science professor James Tully will discuss “The Practice of Law-Making and the Problem of Difference: One View of the Field” at 9:30 a.m. and University of Victoria law professor Jeremy Webber will speak on “A Judicial Ethic for a Pluralistic Age” at 2 p.m.

The conference registration fee is $40, $5 for students. For more information or to register for the conference, visit

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