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How John Rawls’ Ideas are Changing Our Government, Courts and Philosophy – Chris Tucker (GR)

June 23, 2010
11:00 pm - 12:30 am EDT

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Chris Tucker will present a lecture on “How John Rawls’ Ideas are Changing Our Government, Courts and Philosophy.”

When President Bill Clinton awarded John Rawls the National Humanities Medal in 1999, he said, “John Rawls is perhaps the greatest political philosopher of the 20th century. In 1971, when Hillary and I were in law school, we were among the millions moved by a remarkable book he wrote, A Theory of Justice, that placed our rights to liberty and justice upon a strong and brilliant new foundation of reason. Almost single-handedly, John Rawls revived the disciplines of political and ethical philosophy with his argument that a society in which the most fortunate helped the least fortunate is not only a moral society, but a logical one. Just as impressively, he has helped a whole generation of learned Americans revive their faith in democracy itself.”

Along with Rawls, other recipients of the National Humanities Medal that year included Jim Lehrer, Garrison Keillor, and Steven Spielberg.

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After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Chris Tucker, BA

Former Linguist and Intelligence Officer, US Air Force

Chris Tucker received his Bachelors’ degree in Philosophy at Montana State University (with honors) in 2004. From 1996-2001, he was the Russian linguist in Army Intelligence, and he served as Air Force Intelligence Officer in Air Force Special Operations from 2004-2008. Chris is currently a stay-at-home dad.