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Rhetorics of the Good Life: Social Ontology, Ethics, and Communication

May 3, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Omedi Ochieng (Denison University) // May 3rd, 2017 // 3:00pm-4:30pm // Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 5.136

How ought we to think of the meaning of “ethics” in light of global climate change, resurgent white supremacy, and the everyday cruelties of neoliberal capitalism? In this presentation, I outline what I describe as a non-ideal social ontology as the background against which a robust understanding of ethics ought to be understood. In contrast to the dominant views of ethical interaction which list toward idealism, moralism, and parochialism, a non-ideal social ontology allows for an expansive vision of the “ethical” as a way of life – and thereby invites wide-ranging inquiry into what constitutes good societies and good lives in the twenty-first century. Finally, this presentation seeks to open up space on how we ought to participate in and engage with constitutive institutions such as mass and social media in an age when truth is increasingly seen as partisan, justice is dismissed as utopian, and freedom has been tribalized.

Free and open to the public


May 3, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm