Book Symposium celebrating "Confronting Injustice: Moral History and Political Theory" by David Lyons, Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Law Alumni Scholar
Boston University School of Law is delighted to celebrate the publication of
Confronting Injustice: Moral History and Political Theory
David Lyons, Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Law Alumni Scholar
Monday, September 30, 2013
Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall, Ground Floor,
12:45 – 2:00 PM
The essays presented in this volume challenge both theorists and citizens to confront grave injustices committed in the United States. David Lyons encourages us to take a fresh look at the beginnings of America, including the colonists' early adoption of race-based slavery even though it was unlawful and why those who rebelled against English oppression were responsible for greater injustices against their Native American neighbors. Confronting injustice requires us to consider how delegates to the 1787 constitutional convention readily embraced increased protections for chattel slavery, why the federal government later abandoned Reconstruction, and why the nation allowed former slave owners to establish a new system of racial oppression called Jim Crow. It requires us to ask why America's official rejection of white supremacy is combined with an unwillingness to address continuing racial stratification. Confronting injustice calls upon political theorists to test their views in the crucible of social history. It challenges those who debate abstractly the idea of an obligation to obey the law to consider the implications of grievous injustices. It calls upon those who assume that their society is now 'reasonably just' to ask when that transformation occurred, despite the fact that children who are black or poor are denied equal opportunity.
To celebrate the publication of this timely and significant book, we have invited three distinguished scholars to comment on it. Professor Lyons will respond.
Welcome: Dean Maureen O’Rourke, BU School of Law
Moderator: James Fleming, Professor and Associate Dean, BU School of Law
- Claudia Card, Emma Goldman Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin
- Aaron Garrett, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
- Tommie Shelby, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy, Harvard University
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Professor Lyons will be signing them!
All – including not only professors, law students, graduate students, and undergraduates, but also alumni and the general public – are welcome to attend the symposium. If you have academic questions about the program, please contact Associate Dean James Fleming, firstname.lastname@example.org.