Diana Hsieh on Luck

 Posted by on 8 October 2009 at 4:00 am  Announcements
Oct 082009

On Saturday, November 7th, I will give a short talk at Front Range Objectivism’s “Free Books to Colorado Teachers” Fundraising Dinner. Here’s the description:

“Luck and Liberty”

Today, we often hear calls for more government regulations and welfare programs to correct the supposed unfairness of people’s unequal luck in life. Yet in fact, such statist interventions expose people to the worst forms of luck, not just to the whims of indifferent bureaucrats but also to the brutal severity of nature. Freedom, not statism, is the cure for luck. This talk — a preview of Dr. Hsieh’s upcoming 2010 OCON course, “Luck in the Pursuit of Life” — offers fresh insight into the crucial importance of freedom to our lives.

Diana Hsieh recently completed her Ph.D in philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her dissertation showed that a proper account of moral judgment and moral responsibility solves the egalitarian “problem of moral luck.”

Yes, you did read that right! I am giving an optional course at OCON this summer in Las Vegas. (Amazingly, the fact that I will be speaking on luck in Vegas is sheer coincidence!) I’ll post more details on the course when they’re released by the Ayn Rand Institute.

Here’s the full announcement for Front Range Objectivism’s Fundraising Dinner:

Please join us on Saturday, November 7th for Front Range Objectivism’s Free Books to Colorado Teachers Fundraising Dinner! The evening will include two talks by local Objectivist philosophers, a joint question and answer period, and then a fundraising auction.
  • When: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 5:30 pm social hour (cash bar); 6:30 pm dinner; 7:30 pm talks and Q&A; 9:00 pm auction

  • Where: West Woods Golf Club, 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, Colorado
  • Cost: $40 per individual, plus $25 suggested donation to the FRO Free Books to Colorado Teachers Campaign. $25 for students.

RSVP by November 1 to Anders Ingemarson via e-mail to [email protected] or by phone at 303-751-3111. Space is limited!

For more information on the event, including payment details, visit the event page for Front Range Objectivism’s “Free Books to Colorado Teachers” Fundraising Dinner.

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