The Baxter Liberty Initiative is a program in Berkeley’s Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, established by UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee Frank Baxter. Each lecture features an intellectual leader whose expertise and scholarship focuses on the ideal of freedom in political and economic life.
About the Speakers
Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Language
Watch Professor Searle discuss “Our Shared Condition — Consciousness” in his May 2013 TED Talk.
Martha Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society
Professor of Political Science, Philosophy, and Law
Joshua Cohen is a political philosopher, who has written on issues of democracy and global justice. He studied philosophy at Yale and at Harvard (PhD 1979). From 1977-2006, he was professor of political science and philosophy at MIT. In 2006, he moved to Stanford, where he is Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, and has appointments in political science, philosophy, and law. He also teaches a course at Stanford’s d.school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) called Designing Liberation Technologies (with computer scientist Terry Winograd). He is co-author ofOn Democracy and Associations and Democracy, and author of Philosophy, Politics, Democracy; The Arc of the Moral Universe; and Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals. He is also co-editor of the Norton Introduction to Philosophy (forthcoming, 2014). Since 1991, he has been editor of Boston Review. He has also been working at Apple University since 2011 and is currently dividing his time 50-50 between Apple and Stanford.