Philosophy professor questions luck

For Immediate Release: Sept. 10, 2014

Steven Hales

BLOOMSBURG—Steven Hales, professor of philosophy, will talk about “Moral Luck” as part of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 175th anniversary faculty lecture series. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium of Carver Hall.

People often only associate consequences with what a person does or fails to do. In “Moral Luck,” Hales will discuss the impact fortune has on moral nature and ethical standing. Should people be praised for being lucky?  Should they be blamed for being unlucky? Hales will share philosophers’ perspectives that point to an answer.

Hales’ lecture is free and open to the public.

Upcoming presentations in the Fall Faculty Lecture series include:

  • Robert Dunkelberger, associate professor and archivist, “BU: An Institutional History,” on Tuesday Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium
  • Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, “Scientific History,” on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., at Hartline Science Center, Kuster Auditorium
  • Barbara Wilson, associate professor of exceptionalities, “Pre-K Reading is More Than Pictures,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., at Hartline Science Center, Kuster Auditorium
  • Victoria Geyfman, associate professor of finance, “The Benefits of Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis,” (invitation only), at Sutliff Hall, The Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.