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Moral Struggle in the Face of Systemic Injustice

Virtual Event
Tuesday, February 15th, 2022
7 p.m. CDT

We are very pleased to welcome our next speaker, Kevin Timpe, PhD, who holds the William H. Jellma Chair in Christian Philosophy at Calvin University. An expert on issues of free will, virtue ethics, and the philosophy of religion, Dr. Timpe has authored five books, edited six more, and has written over sixty journal articles and book chapters. Much of Dr. Timpe’s most recent work has centered on the philosophy of disability and advocacy on behalf of individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. His 2018 book Disability and Inclusive Communities argued on behalf of community practices and policies that are more inclusive of those with disabilities, both for the benefit of the individuals with disabilities themselves but also because our schools, workplaces, churches, and other communities are made better by their presence. Alongside his academic work, he also manages the nonprofit advocacy organization 22 Advocacy, which provides resources to teach parents of children with disabilities how to advocate for their children’s needs in school settings.

On Tuesday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, Dr. Timpe will present a lecture entitled Moral Struggle in the Face of Systemic Injustice. In his lecture, Dr. Timpe will explore the tension between the facts that anger is a fitting emotional response to injustice, but that living in chronic anger as a result of systemic injustice that one is unable to rectify seems to be unhealthy, contrary to one’s own well-being. The question he will set out to answer is whether one can be appropriately angry in the face of such injustice without that anger getting in the way of one’s flourishing; whether it is possible, in a non-ideal world, to be properly motivated by anger over long-term, entrenched injustice without doing grave harm to oneself.

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